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Overrun with snakes

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by yellowherb, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. yellowherb

    yellowherb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2015
    I live in florida and it seems every year when it's wet snakes come to my bird aviaries. I haven't lost any of my chickens to snakes and we haven't ever found a venomous one, but the rat snakes and chicken snakes are decimating my finch population. The aviaries are 1/2" hardware cloth.

    We have indigo's which are not a problem, I've seen those go thru a flock of chicks and not pay any attention to them at all. But red rats, grey rats and chicken snakes/corn snakes are killing the babies. We have killed 4 ck snakes and 1 rat so far this week. Snake away stuff that smells of mothballs doesn't work.

    Any ideas? the chickens free range so preferably something chicken safe.
  2. Poticus

    Poticus Just Hatched

    Jun 9, 2016
    Some guineas might keep the snakes away. What breed of chickens do you have? Do the hens out up a fight?
  3. Donna R Raybon

    Donna R Raybon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2016
    you must have hole bigger than half inch that snakes are getting through. I would be looking for tunnels that rats have dug as pathway into finches.
  4. yellowherb

    yellowherb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2015
    My husband said no guineas :( I just couldn't talk him into it.

    While I can not say we have NO rats, they have not been a problem. There are no holes large enough for rats to get into the aviaries. I have button quail on the aviary floors as cleaners and we have a large barred owl who visits at night and keeps the rodent population down with the help of our cat.

    I think we are looking at having to screen in the aviaries. Thanks for the replies

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