New Chicken Panic!!! Snake eating???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jessierose, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. jessierose

    jessierose Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    I have only had my little ladies a week. It has been very fun until today. My first panic moment!

    My girls found a tiny snake in the leaves. It was brown with a slightly darker brown head and very small....maybe 7 inches long. They instantly went to fighting over it and fought til it was dead. All the while, I am throwing shoes on so I can jump in and get it away from them. Just in case it's not a nice snake, you know?
    Well, by the time I got my shoes on, it was almost completely down Ginger's throat. She kept working on it and swallowed him whole.
    My question: is she going to be okay??? Is this normal??? Do they swallow other critters and live???

    I have searched the house for my chicken book and can't find it!
    Someone please tell me she is a-o-k and just enjoyed a very odd but not unhealthful snack.
  2. gmzamz

    gmzamz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2009
    Monticello, MN
    if it wasn't poisonis, she should be fine, i think

    they might have to add thet to the "treats chart" [​IMG]
  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep. You should see them go after mice!
  4. jessierose

    jessierose Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    I know our venomous snakes pretty didn't look like any of them from what I could see before the little oinkers devoured it!
    So...they do swallow things like that whole sometimes and are ok? If the snake was just a little garden snake she will be fine?
  5. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    SE Connecticut
    That was a heck of a snack for a week old chick! Did she go and take a nap!? [​IMG]
  6. jessierose

    jessierose Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    Oh no. She is not new to the world in the last week. She is only new to me. She is 11 weeks old and all feathered and lovely.
    The funny thing is, the have acted like such little ladies so much, with their happy little sounds and their bottom shaking walks. Then, to see one swallow a snake the way I used to watch my grandpa drop whole sardines in his mouth was a bit surprising!

    Sorry if I overreacted! I am just crazy about them already!
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Just remember your lovely ladies are descended from dinosaurs. That is a little feathered T-Rex walking around your yard. Little snakeez beware!!
  8. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Hope she is OK. Keep us posted.
  9. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    even if the snake WAS poisonous.. you can EAT the venom without ill effects (as long as you dont have a stomach ulcer)
    she should be fine
  10. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Last edited: Mar 27, 2009

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