hair in the hen's nest

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jenjscott, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    My friend wants me to ask if anyone has heard this one. Her granny told her that if you put hair in the hen's nest it will keep snakes away. So? Anybody?"
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I've heard that, but think it's a fable. If you are having snake trouble couldn't hurt to try. Make sure the hair is cut short in case the chickens eat it. Also try searching the predator section for snake solutions.

    Imp-Not many snakes here.
     
  3. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Well, the main thing is she is scared to death of snakes. She would like chickens, but figures if she ever found a snake in the nest box she wouldn't be able to go near it again.
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Oh! That's a little different than what I was thinking. Only 3 options come to mind.
    Pet Mongoose
    House Chicken
    Moving to Alaska or Ireland

    I imagine snakes are prevalent where you are.

    Imp- Hope your friend finds a solution.
     
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Liquid Snake Fence Repellent has done a good job here. Have to reapply once in awhile...how often depends on weather.
     
  6. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I smell a divorce coming on with the "hair" idea.
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  7. Bridget399

    Bridget399 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snakes came into my house via some holes in my soffit/facia (sp?). And right on up into my attic. Once the attic got too hot, they would find their way into the house, and then find me! We've since made the house as air tight and sealed as possible and haven't seen a snake since July (knock on wood!).
    My house HAS to smell like humans, not to mention that I have 2 cats and 2 dogs...
    I highly doubt the hair would work. Neither does mothballs, snake away, or sticky traps. They may deter for a while, but where there's one snake, there's bound to be more.
    Just use expanding foam and hardware cloth on every crack and crevice that you find. Gather the eggs early if possible, not leaving a free meal out in the coop for long. And keep the yard free of debris that a snake could hide under or around. These things really worked for me.
    Garter snakes were killed and consumed by my chickens twice now, and I did nothing to intervene... I figured if they attacked and killed them it was one less for me to worry about. [​IMG]
    Good Luck!
     

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