King snake.. good or bad

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by shellyga, May 22, 2011.

  1. shellyga

    shellyga Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 23, 2010
    Milner
    forgetting the idea that the only good snake is a dead snake.. We discovered one close to the coop yesterday. My neighbor says that it is after the mice that are eating the chicken food.. is that all it might be after?? How about my eggs and chicks.

    thoughts?

    Shelly
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    GOOD!

    True, they might go for eggs or chicks. I collect eggs every couple of hours and keep chicks caged until they get pretty big. BUT- a true king snake will kill other snakes, including the venomous ones. [​IMG]
     
  3. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    King snakes also kill and eat poisonous snakes! So I would tolerate him until I actually see him eating chicks...an egg now and then wouldn't bother me. I think the mice and poisonous snake killing would outweigh an occassional egg eating.
     
  4. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We caught one yesterday too. We relocated it some 10 acres over to a creek. They WILL eat your chicks and eggs and try to eat your bantams.
    Found one a couple years back trying to swallow a silkie hen with chicks. The snake had the hens whole head and neck swallowed. Luckily the chicks were SO loud I knew something was up and caught it in the act. It did not kill her. She was covered in snake spit and her top knot never grew back from the tooth damage. We relocated it too. If the meal fits they will eat it.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2011
  5. FarmerJohn3285

    FarmerJohn3285 County Line Farms

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    GOOD! I would like to have one around my little farm. Though they may occassionally take an egg, not necessarily a chicken because they are not known for being aggressive...I can take the loss of a few eggs in return for protection from rodents and other snakes. [​IMG]
     
  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    I LOATHE snakes, however, Spotted Kings are welcome here for the reasons mentioned above. Let him stay, pick up your eggs and protect your chicks and he will be an asset for you. [​IMG]
     
  7. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Tightening up security on the coop may save the birds and eggs but I'm sorry, if I ever reach under a bird and pull out a snake, he's gotta go, right after the coffee quits burning
     

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