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

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by somdroo, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. somdroo

    somdroo Hatching

    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.
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    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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