how do you protect your chicks and eggs from rats and snakes?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dandydoodle, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    So we are trying to get rid of a couple of rats. I have seen a rat snake down there once. So what do you do to protect your chicks and eggs. We have a very nice chicken coop but, they have found their way in.
  2. BarredRock971

    BarredRock971 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    I would make sure that you buried the fencing material into the ground about 1 foot, and have the holes in the fencing small, 1/2" by 1/2" hardware cloth would be best, and you'll be fine. Also check for holes in the coop.
    Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    My coop is a fortress...........I thought, in the last two months I have caught two grey rat snakes in the nesting box eating an egg. Still don't know how they are getting in.
  4. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    E. KY
    Try aversion therapy. Catch the culprit, put it in a pillowcase, tie a knot in it. Put the bagged critter in a garbage can or something. Beat on the container for max noise, without violent shaking. Then release the snake 500 ft or less away. Please tell us if it works!

    Many people keep gray rat snakes as pets.

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