Garter snakes

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by erin09, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. erin09

    erin09 In the Brooder

    May 15, 2009
    Are they considered dangerous to chickens?

    My chicks are 6-7weeks old. I saw a small/medium sized garter snake around the coop this morning, should I be worried about it?

    I can, um...get "rid" of it if I need to.

    Thank you!
  2. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Quote form Wikipedia:

    Garter snakes, like all snakes, are carnivorous. Their diet consists of almost any creature that they are capable of overpowering: slugs, earthworms, insects, leeches, lizards, spiders, amphibians, birds, fish, toads and rodents. When living near the water, they will eat other aquatic animals. The ribbon snake in particular favors frogs (including tadpoles), readily eating them despite their strong chemical defenses. Food is swallowed whole. Garter snakes often adapt to eat whatever they can find. Although they dine mostly upon live animals, they will sometimes eat eggs.

    So to be on the safe side I would get "rid" of it. Of course I can't STAND snakes [​IMG]

    Good Luck!
  3. poultryhaven

    poultryhaven Addicted to Seramas!

    Jan 19, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    I have snakes all over my yard i just saw a 4 or 5 foot ratsnake right by my coop. He never went in although all he would have to do is go straight trhough the wire its got big gaps lol but they keep the rats down
  4. danielbrown

    danielbrown Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Spartanburg, sc
    Garter snakes are small. Too small to be danger to chickens or eggs. The chickens will probably eat the garter snakes.
  5. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    Quote:I wouldn't worry about the garter snake. Your chicks will be safe from it. Once they are bigger the chicks will kill the garter snake if it gets close to them. And garter snakes DO NOT eat chickens.

    Now as far a other, bigger snakes, that is what you should worry about. Are your chicks in a predator proof {snakes} coop. They are still small enough for another snake to get.

    My SO and myself are snakes handlers, catchers and have experience in this field. PM me if I can help you with this problem.

    BTW, wait until your chickens catch there first snake or mouse. You will turn that cable T.V. off and tune into chicken T.V. [​IMG]
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  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    You need to worry more about the poor garter snake. The chickens will do gruesome things to it if they get a hold of it. Nothing like a rousing game of chicken "Keep Away" to turn your stomach.[​IMG]
  7. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    My chickens LOVE finding a garter snake! OH SO YUMMMY!!!!!
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  8. Shawberrychics

    Shawberrychics In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2012
    I got chicks that are 4 days old ans I just found a garter snake in the coop should I worry???
  9. janinepeters

    janinepeters Songster

    Jun 9, 2009
    I would remove (no need to kill) the snake from the coop with 4 day old chicks, but would not worry about it around 6-7 wk old chicks. The latter are big enough to harass it, rather than fall victim to it.
  10. Phyrst

    Phyrst Chirping

    Apr 5, 2012
    eastern shore of MD
    It's more like a tug-of-war!!

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