Found Box turtle in my coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Juliechickens, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Memphis, TN
    Every morning my husband opens the coop and lets my chickens out and feeds them before I get up. Then I always go out and wish them a good morning and check on them. This morning there was a small Box turtle chillen out in the coop. About as big as my hand. I don't think he could find his way out. I guess he was either there enjoying the chicken feed buffet or looking for eggs. My 5 month old hens have not started laying yet.....I'm waiting and waiting for an egg to appear one day. Anyways...I put the turtle outside my yard fence so he couldn't get back in. I'm glad it was a turtle instead of a snake!! YUK I hate snakes. We live with woods all in our yard and around us. So far,,,no preditors. My coop is well protected with chain link all around it including the top. I also have chicken wire around the bottom to prevent other preditors getting in but I'm sure they could find a way if they wanted in badly enough.
    Anyways,,,just was strange to see something besides my chickens in there. My chickens didn't like him because not a one of them was in the coop. I'm sure he got pecked a few times on his shell. Just wanted to say Hi to yall.
    Julie [​IMG]
  2. marie_martin

    marie_martin Songster

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Oh, I love turtles. I know you did not want him in there with your chickens though. I am sure they would eat the eggs. I bet he got pecked a lot if he was in there before they came out!! Take care girl.

  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Don't know much about box turtles but I'd be worried about chicken toes too!
  4. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Songster

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Hi Julie...thanks for the turtle rescue. I consider myself a TURTLE Rescuer! If I ever see a turtle on the husband and I will rescue it and release it somewhere safe. Just a note...turtles carry many diseases besides Salmonella! So I'd be carefull handling turtles just like we would wash our hands after handling a chicken. I actually keep a box of disposable gloves in my car exactly for reasons like this...or the terrible accident waiting to happen in front of me. [​IMG] You can never be too safe!

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