My Guineas saved me from a 3-1/2' rattlesnake this morning!!!

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by mrsfarmchick1, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. mrsfarmchick1

    mrsfarmchick1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2010
    Bandera, Texas
    This morning when I went to let the chickens out and feed/water I noticed my guineas alerting to something in the dirt beside an old dead tree stump. I looked and didn't see anything and went about my business. A few minutes later I was about to change the water right beside the guineas who were still in a semi-circle feverishly barking at something on the ground right under their beaks and more guineas on the edge of the rooftop right above them were screaming about it, too. I looked again and only 2 feet away I saw it move... I was so startled because it was huge and right beside me. I ran and got a flat edge shovel, took careful aim and killed it!
    Now I realize that the camouflauge of this snake in the dry Texas dirt up against an oak tree is about as perfect as it gets! I was looking straight at it (because of the Guineas) and did not see it till it moved!
    I'll be wearing my boots out there from now on!
    They earned their keep for the year!
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  2. Rare Feathers Farm

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  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    SNAKE SUSHI!!!! [​IMG] Gotta love it, glad you got it before it got you! Man those things creep me out [​IMG]
    Good job Guineas! They definitely earned their millet today! (They shoulda killed it tho! LOL).
  4. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah guineas! Extra treat time!
  5. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Whew! Good thing for the guineas. My chickens will walk around a snake and never make a sound. Guineas and peafowl though.... What some entertainment!!! Looks like a pretty old snake though!
  6. southern oaks

    southern oaks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2011
    Southern Illinois
    I can not stand snakes.. gees, so glad your guineas were insistant on the warning.. could of been a diff story.. Glad you are safe..
    can we all say TREAT TIME................... LOL [​IMG]
  7. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois

    I think I'm glad I haven't found any of those around here yet. The only snakes I've seen so far around here are Water Moccasins and Garder Snakes.
    I'm hopeing I won't find any of those type of snakes here! *Knock on Wood*
  8. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:Wow..... I live in snake country too. I have seen em that big crossing my road.... and or the tracks of them crossing the road.
  9. mrsfarmchick1

    mrsfarmchick1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2010
    Bandera, Texas
    thanks for everybody's expressions! I'm glad that this is not a common occurence.....It was very surreal and it could have easily turned out bad, but it didn't.
    Thanks again for your concern! [​IMG]
  10. Pops2

    Pops2 Out Of The Brooder

    hope you made chili. also keep in mind they only go where the food is & rattlers are not big egg eaters so you may want to do a little extra anti rodent action.

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