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Help! How do I keep rat snakes out of my coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LeeBeeN1954, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. LeeBeeN1954

    LeeBeeN1954 Hatching

    Aug 5, 2013
    I'm a newbie backyard chickener and have just killed a large rat snake in my coop who consumed two of my three-week old chicks. I have a good idea how this one got inside the coop and am taking extra precautions to make sure it doesn't happen again. What I would like some advice on is how to keep snakes out of the area. I have been told that moth balls placed around the perimeter of the coop and yard should keep them out. Does anyone know if this will work...will they be harmful to other pets (cats, dogs) or the chickens? Once my chickens are old enough to go outside, I'm afraid the snakes will enter the coop through the chickens' door and get eggs. I can't stand guard with my shotgun and shovel 24/7, so I need a way to keep the snakes out of my yard. Thanks for your help!

  2. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Songster

    Jun 13, 2011
    I've only found a few snakes in my barn and around my coops. If I had a real good, sure fire answer I'd be happy to share it, but unfortunately I don't.

    I have 5 guinea fowl that are suppose to be snake killers, but the one big rat snake I found was in the barn where all 5 guineas were perched. [​IMG] I gave them the benefit of the doubt, as it was after dark and they were all roosted for the night.

    I also have 5 cats that patrol, but the same night I saw the snake, I saw 2 mice in the barn...nobody's doing there job around here![​IMG]

    I saw somewhere that minnow traps are good for catching snakes, they crawl in and can't crawl out. You could get a couple and place them along the wall or fence at the coop where you think the snake got in, and perhaps catch them. I'm thinking of getting a couple. The article said they're like $12.00 each at Walmart.

    Good luck!
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  4. animals1981

    animals1981 Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    I wish snakes was what i had lol they are the lowest rank predator the most easy to deal with. Like above said even most cats will chase them off. I am getting tired of Coons and coywolves that might show up if my dogs are not there.

    I think its the more wild type of guineafowl that kill snakes. The ones that are too domestic wont do anything.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013
  5. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Songster

    Jun 3, 2013
    Electric wire around the bottom will stop them.

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