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Glass Eggs - Can they kill snakes?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ottovan, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. ottovan

    ottovan Out Of The Brooder

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    My mother spoke to a friend of hers and she said that if you put glass eggs in the nest the snake will swallow it. This will kill snake then you can retrieve the egg once it dies(yuck). My mom says she remembers my grandmother telling her something like that. Has anyone else heard of the or tried it?
     
  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    have not tried it...how would it kill the snake?? and how would you retrieve it, by cutting it open..YUCK...I'll just buy more glass eggs if that's the case.
     
  3. TCollier

    TCollier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I imagine it would plug the snake up real good but I also imagine that it could regurgitate it. Never heard of that before.
     
  4. ottovan

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    Quote:Me neither, but I'm going to try it. I'm looking on ebay right now. With the electric fence the only problem I have is snakes. They really love baby quail, lost 8 quail last snake attack only 4 left. Now I have 2 silkies sitting on 20 quails eggs - these really are broody chickens! I'm only worried about my own supply of quail but so far the snakes are winning! I'm buying glass eggs however I don't even know if they are eating eggs! Thinking about buying one of these wildlife cameras to see what is going on!
     
  5. ottovan

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    Quote:what r u holdin in your hands???!!!!
     
  6. ottovan

    ottovan Out Of The Brooder

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    D'Angelo N Va. :

    have not tried it...how would it kill the snake?? and how would you retrieve it, by cutting it open..YUCK...I'll just buy more glass eggs if that's the case.

    Me too!​
     
  7. Louieandthecrew

    Louieandthecrew I am actually a female!

    I had a bad problem with snakes. One killed my hen and ate almost ALL of the fertile eggs. Only two chicks survived. To keep anymore snakes out we sprinkled moth powder aroud the OUTSIDE of the coop. You can also use mothballs. We put old golfballs in the laying boxes. All you do is leave an UNfertilized egg in the box next to the golfball. The snake will smell the egg, go to the coop, eat it, eat the golfball mistaking it for an other egg... and die. They simply can't digest something so solid. Hope it works!

    PS. Don't be surprised if you find a dead snake in the coop with a golfball lodged in it's throat [​IMG]
    PSS. Don'tworry about your hens! The snake only killed mine because she was gaurding the eggs... gaurding the only way to its food. So it's a-okay.
     
  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Think I read a couple months ago, that someone had a snake eat the wooden egg or golf ball. Couldn't regurgitate it and couldn't get back out through the fencing. I imagine it would kill a snake.

    I'll see if I can find it.

    Imp

    ETA- Here's that thread. My memory was a little faulty. The snake ate a golf ball. Opinion was that it could regurgitate, but not digest it.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=342074&p=1
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2010
  9. elsiehammer

    elsiehammer New Egg

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    This thread tickles me [​IMG] Every year I collect chicken type books to read to my preschoolers and one favorite book that is in tatters is called
    A Snake Mistake by Harriet Ziefert. It is (supposedly) based on a true story of a farmer who puts lightbulbs in the nest boxes to encourage his hens to lay, but along comes Jake the snake who eats a couple and well I won't ruin the ending for you.
    On a serious note, I'd rather kill a snake by a mechanical means (golf balls, glass eggs, etc.) than by a poison. I'm always afraid of poisoning the wrong thing. Know any rat solutions beside poison? I think I have a couple rats though I haven't seen them yet. I bought d-con but would prefer to think of something else.
    I like glass eggs too well to sacrifice so I'd go with the golf ball.
     
  10. ottovan

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    Quote:Will have to try the golf ball trick
     
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