How big will my chicks have to be to be safe from a snakes


10 Years
Jun 11, 2009

New to this blog thing, but I' desperate! I traded in my reds after 3 years. I've always purchased pullets (+/- 12 weeks) but wanted to try Barred Rocks this time so I ended up having to purchase 3 week old chicks. Well their now 5 weeks old and I just moved them out to the cleaned up coop and I day 4 I found a large black snake had killed one of the chicks and was in the middle of attempting to eat her! I've moved the chicks back to the shed, the question is: When can I safely put them back out?

Thanks for the help.


Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers
12 Years
May 7, 2007
How big do they have to be....

That would depend on the snake. Sounds like you have had an encounter with a chicken snake. They are black and can get large. Momma found a three foot one the other day and he was a small one. Generally they have to be too big to swallow. I would think that around 8 weeks or so they would be just fine. I think that generally speaking chicken snakes are mostly interested in eggs, but a young chick here or there is always fair game.

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