Gripes...first snake in the coop!!!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Cow Chips, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Cow Chips

    Cow Chips In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2016
    Clayton NM
    This morning I let the girls put and none of them would go except Laura (named after my BFF; they're both skinny and always eating but I love them both just the same. :lol:
    Anyway, I checked on them about 45 minutes ago to see if they were out, if they had water, maybe another afternoon egg. They didn't want to leave so I chalked it up to just a hot, summer day and they're hanging out in the coop.

    I look down in the corner of the coop entrance and there is a snake!!! I freak and call my husband out - he's all of 30 feet away but he went inside to grab a shotgun. We have lots of rattlesnakes on our ranch because we are in New Mexico, it's a shady place, and there's a food and water source. Perfect storm. It hissed at me and I swore it sounded just like a rattler!
    So hubby comes out, assesses the situation while I've climbed to the top of the pen, and reassures me it's a hog headed snake. Here's a link to a picture if you've never see one:

    Now here's the crazy of the younger chicks, about 3 months old, really wanted to check out this hissing thing. They're kind of like the dog: not sure what it is, but it looks like something fun to play with. The older hens, which we inherited about 6 weeks ago, pecked and harassed the younger one to get to a safer place! They wouldn't let her near the snake! I've never seen such a thing since we got them - it's usually pecking the younger ones to get out of the way of the good food!
    So proud of my lady hens taking care of each other.
    I did ask my hubby to shoot the snake, though. We love their eggs but I'm not about to start sharing. I already had a couple of ceramic eggs out and was so happy to see that someone laid an egg next to the decoys...2 weeks later!

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