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Missing eggs.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bgreen65, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. bgreen65

    bgreen65 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am trying to raise Silky's, I had five eggs in the nest, and the next moorning it was empty. The feed store sold me a couple nest eggs. The next morning I had this
    snake in the nest and all eggs missing. Could some one tell me if it is poisinous, my grandkids like to play in the chicken house, & I don't want to expose them to danger. You can see the humps where the eggs are at.
    Bobby[​IMG]
     
  2. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Do you have a pic of the head? Looks like a garter snake, but you can tell from the shape of the head and the eyes whether it's a garter snake or a copperhead.

    Where are you located?
     
  3. bgreen65

    bgreen65 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is the whole snake.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/29334_100_0769.jpg]
    Here is the whole snake.
     
  4. bgreen65

    bgreen65 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in Marble Falls, TX.
     
  5. chiknhut

    chiknhut Chillin' With My Peeps

    My RIR eggs kept getting fewer and fewer. Well today we went into the hen house and I found this gigantic snake coming through the chicken wire covering the window opening. It looked just like that. My DH is 5'7. He picked it up(after it was deceased) and held it as high as he could and about 6-8 inches still layed on the ground. If I had been there by myself (which I usually am), I would have made a whole new door. Hopefully, that is the one and only for you and me too and we can get back into the egg business.
     
  6. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be a bull snake (aka rat snake)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopher_snake

    They have a rounded head as opposed to a triangular head of a viper. They mimick the coloring of a rattlesnake and even shake their tail and mimick the rattle.

    He ate the fake eggs? [​IMG] Serves him right!
     
  7. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PS: A bullsnake would not be venomous, but they can be somewhat (can we say "pissy" on here? that is exactly what they are...). I don't think copperheads get big enough to be confused with a bullsnake, but copperheads are highly venomous... usually identified by the triangular head. I haven't had many snakes since I have increased my cat and dog population, though.
     
  8. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. bgreen65

    bgreen65 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think now that I have seen the pictures, it's a bull snake. 54 inches long. Thanks
     
  10. robbobbin

    robbobbin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cut him open and get them eggs back...just thinking if he was just there-just killed, and since they swallow without chewing/crushing-eggs might still be viable.
    eewwwww!
    hehehe
     

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