Question about snakes and my Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChooksinChoppers, May 14, 2011.

  1. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Been reading a few threads about snakes and I want to know if snakes can get through or climb up hardware cloth?
    My area of concern is right at the top above the door and all around under the roof there is a gap 4" all around that I was going to just use chicken wire on. It's 6' high off the ground.
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Snakes will slither up around branches, poles an the like. They will go under fences and such, and can only climb or reach half of their length. So if a snake is 4 feet long, it can only reach over 2 feet of fencing. They can not slither up the sides of fencing such as yours. From what I see in your photo, it looks pretty snake proof to me! Just make sure there are no holes along the bottom and you will be safe from snakes. You did a fantastic job there! [​IMG]
     
  3. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the picture it looks as if it has a solid wood floor. If so, and it is attached to the coop structure you should not have a problem with burrowing and digging predators.
     
  4. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    OK, Thanks!
    It's set on pavers, but just the outside edge...14" pavers with the center area to have a little sand. I still might hardware cloth in that area as you now have me imagining snakes dropping out of the tree on the roof and getting in that way [​IMG]
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This snake slithered up the side of my coop.[​IMG]
     
  6. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Quote:THATS the picture that made me ask the question in the first place! But now, looking closer, might he have gotten a head start by using that box? What's he hanging by? his fangs? [​IMG]
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    It is best to keep the area around the chicken coop clear of objects. They will use these objects to work their way up and get in thru places. Debris also attracts snakes to hide in and hunt for rodents which seem to love chicken coops! If you keep it clean, you should have no trouble.
     
  8. norristhechickenman

    norristhechickenman Out Of The Brooder

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    is that an egg on the tummy of the snake? i think the snake is trying to escape and his fang got stuck on the wire... lol
     
  9. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    yep that is an egg inside the snake...a fake egg! killed it
     
  10. twister

    twister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    beautiful coop. I once saw a snake climbing 3-4' up a brick wall..dunno about hardware cloth.
     

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