My chicks are gone, nothing left UPDATE: I found a chick*Graphic Pics*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chicken0Boy, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    I don't know if that will work for snakes - they can really climb. Someone posted once about using spirals of chicken wire laying around the coop or run. The snakes try to go thru and get stuck and die.
     
  2. Wow I didn't know snakes could climb 3 foot wire [​IMG] . Does anybody else know anyways to prevent snakes? [​IMG]
     
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

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    Most chicken snakes here in Texas are 5'-6' so that would not even slow them down! I have 2 grow out pens that are 8X8 and they are hardware cloth from top to bottom.
     
  4. Looks like I better start saving some money. [​IMG] Could I do chicken wire? Not for the main wire, but just to prevent a snake from coming in?
     
  5. scovy123

    scovy123 In the Brooder

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    could have really been anything. owl, snake, rats. 3 little bantam chicks need a good bit of protection
     
  6. scovy123

    scovy123 In the Brooder

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    Quote:if raising bantams, better to go with hardwire cloth.
     
  7. ok, but I am getting rid of most my bantams for standards. Will chicken wire work now? [​IMG]
     
  8. scovy123

    scovy123 In the Brooder

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    most likely. most garden and feed stores sell snake repellent, i believe it is sulfur dust.
     
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  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I'm sorry for your loss. I'm thinking snake too.

    We had a nesting pair of barn swallows under the eaves of our carport each spring. Last year I'd seen a black snake in the vicinity so I kept an eye on things. I checked mama and her chicks one night and all was fine. Half an hour later all her chicks were gone and that fat ol' black snake was sitting next to her nest. I was so mad. They're quick.

    ETA: Bantams or standards it doesn't matter. A snake can fit through chicken wire to eat chicks.
     
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  10. [​IMG] O well, so I need to add some hardware cloth to my list.
     

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