I found out why there were less eggs since it got warm.....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by OkChickens, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    My egg production went from 12 a day from my Welsummer to 4-5 and i was getting really irritated. So today I went in my Welsummer coop and I went to collect eggs and I found a 4 1/2 foot black rat snake hanging in the nest box trying to eat an egg. I wan really suprised and didnt think it was real until it moved. Well I made sure to de-head it. I would have not killed it if i didnt have young chicks running around but I dont want to lose anymore eggs or chicks!

    Has anyone have this happen to them?

    Nate
     
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cousin did last year, she had a drastic decline and then found a very happy black snake in the nest box. He also got a disconnect notice right then!
     
  3. mistymeadowchicks

    mistymeadowchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! Hope you did't find it by reaching in the box! '[​IMG]' I haven't had snake problems yet, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time. I've seen them in previous (pre-chicken) years.
     
  4. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have dropped to the ground and lost control of my bodily functions if I saw a snake in the box when I was reaching in to collect the eggs, LOL! [​IMG] Just the sight of one in there would mean that I definitely would NOT be the one collecting the eggs for a while.
     
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Yeah it made a really good friend to Mr. Shovel. They bonded really well but the shovel over did it I think! Anyways one less snake to steal my eggs!

    Tis the season for golf balls in the nest boxes!

    Nate
     
  6. s914934

    s914934 Out Of The Brooder

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    This will be my first time having a real chicken coop. I think I should have started reading from a different forum though. Now that I am thinking about snakes, I am thinking that collecting eggs may be my husband's job. [​IMG]
    Do they bother the chickens themselves or do they realize that the chickens are their egg source?
    Where about in the country do you live? I am thinking Bull and Rattlers are the favorite snakes around here in Wyoming. What are the black snakes?
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this in my coop the other day. He ate a fake egg.[​IMG]
     
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I won't kill a non poisonous snake but let me catch a rattler in a coop and you'll see an old lady do the snake dance with her shovel right quick! Cha Cha Cha! Whack Whack Whack!
     
  9. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hahahahha, I thought, wow that is a really thin yellow snake. [​IMG] Look past the extension cord. Haha. What kind of snake is that? Its huge! Luckily I dont think we have anything that big up here.
     
  10. dkvart1

    dkvart1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    7L Seriously??? Generally not afraid of snakes, but that kinda freaks me out a little! What kind was it?
     

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