I think it was a snake?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NanaLantana, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    Well, I thought it might happen and it did. This morning I got up and found something had gotten 3 of my hen's 4 chicks. They were laying sprawled out on the floor of the nursery run. Upon close examination, I found one chick had it's neck very long stretched out, and it's head and neck were wet with slime. Maybe a smallish snake that tried to swallow the chick (10 days old) but couldn't manage the body. I checked the bodies of the other two, and could find no bites. But they were in funny positions, legs wide apart, etc. And I was so looking forward to seeing the feathering on those speckled sussex! [​IMG] Oh, well. I have one black Minorca left with her mother. Hope she makes it.

    My granddaughter came over and we had a little funeral service, and buried them. Life goes on - - - - - - - - - [​IMG]
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:Yep...sounds like the modus operandi of the yellow rat snake. I've had the same thing happen to pullets and cockerals, til I finally caught it with 4 chicks buldging inside it, it was a 3 footer. Like you said, you're probably dealing with a smaller one.

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