I caught my egg thief, now what?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chicky_Baby, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Chicky_Baby

    Chicky_Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 new hens who were just starting to lay when suddenly they stopped. At first I thought I was doing something wrong but tonight I found a huge garter snake trapped in the plastic bird netting I had put up to catch snakes. My problem now is do I kill it or leave it for the chickens to "practice" hunting on? Normally I kill them if I can't get them loose but now that I have chickens my priorities are different. Either way he is chicken food but I feel guilty letting him suffer. On the other hand he is trapped and can't fight back so it seems it would be a good way for the hens to learn to kill large egg eating snakes. Please advise me.
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    how big is he?
     
  3. walbarbsa

    walbarbsa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Remember the food chain? This is when it comes in handy?[​IMG]
     
  4. Chicky_Baby

    Chicky_Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I couldn't get a tapes measure to him but he is well over 3' which is huge in my area for garters.
     
  5. Moabite

    Moabite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you got a garter snake big enough to eat eggs, well you really gotta post some pics.
     
  6. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    If you got a garter snake big enough to eat eggs, well you really gotta post some pics.

    Uh... ya... X's 2​
     
  7. ByeByeBlackBird

    ByeByeBlackBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a garter snake.... Let it go.... Jeez.
     
  8. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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    Show it to your rooster!
     
  9. Trunkster

    Trunkster Out Of The Brooder

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    I would fix the problem that allows the snakes access to the nest boxes in the first place and will never kill a harmless garder snake. Besides having a taste for eggs they also control small rodents, mice etc.
     
  10. Chicky_Baby

    Chicky_Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    will do on the pics in the AM, he really is a doozy... honestly I had to double check to be sure he was a garter he is so big... I feel bad killing him because he is such a beauty
     
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