Pullet ate snake whole, not sure if emergency or not

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by djunafarms, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. djunafarms

    djunafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 12 week old buff orpington just ate a whole baby snake that was approximately 8 inches long. Her beak basically became a vacuum and the little snake disappeared while she gulped it down whole. It didn't look right. Now she's roosting for the night--she's acting normal, but the incident just happened. Will she be OK in the morning? I keep picturing her with a whole snake in her crop. Thank you!
     
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  2. chicks are life

    chicks are life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We should be fine they are supposed to digest stuff like this including snake,mice,toads and frogs.
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    She will be fine, her gizzard is probably grinding on it by now, not much different than them eating a big worm.
     
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  4. chicks are life

    chicks are life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just provide free choice grit
     
  5. brucifer

    brucifer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lizards and small snakes are good sources of protein. Chickens love to eat them.
     
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  6. djunafarms

    djunafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all, good to know. Up until now I was concerned that they'd get an impacted crop or something if they ate pieces of grass that were too long. Watching her gulp a fat baby snake was a real eye opener.
     
  7. chicks are life

    chicks are life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree I have watched my flock chase down multiple mice and beat them to death.a Cochin snag a dead frog and lizards gulped whole.
     
  8. CluckWheekBark

    CluckWheekBark Just Hatched

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    I had my old flock of hens gang up on a large black snake. Pecked it until the poor thing gave up and then they bit its head clean off. They actually used to chase moles and voles through our yard and peck them,but not eat them.

    My current flock is way too lazy and young to do stuff like that. They cower at the sight of a bee :p
     
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  9. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Wow I'm glad we don't really have an snakes, frogs, or lizards here! I think I'd be grossed out and worried seeing that LOL

    We do have mice but they usually hide and I've never seen the girls eat any
     
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  10. djunafarms

    djunafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She was just fine this morning and came running out of the coop, probably ready to spend the day snake hunting. o_O
     

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