Rat Snakes

CandCChicks

In the Brooder
May 3, 2021
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I have seen 3 GIANT rat Snakes in the past week. My egg production is down from what I thought but now I'm thinking the snakes may be the culprits. How do you guys keep snake population down? I have other animals too so I don't want to poison them.
 

saysfaa

Crowing
5 Years
Jul 1, 2017
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Not entirely, at least. You could enclose the coop with aprons and clear out any piles of stuff so nothing could get to the nest boxes in the coop without crossing a lot of wide open ground. That won't completely eliminate the risk but would lower it a lot. Both because the snake won't like traveling across and it might cut down on rodents near the coop that the snake would also be eating if they are there.

Gathering the eggs more often might help, too.
 

NY Coturnix

Songster
May 12, 2020
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There was a thread on here once where a guy made a trap for rat snakes. I honestly can't remember who it was but it was a pretty simple they can get in but not out type of trap. I think he even "rehomed" them. I'll see if I can find it
 

Krugerrand

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MomJones

Songster
Feb 22, 2019
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This is highly encouraging. We have copperheads, rattle snakes, ratsnakes and RATS all over the place where we live (formerly owned by hoarders and puppy mill-ers) and the only thing I try to get along with is Lester, our resident ratsnake. The rest I have no patience for. So glad I found this post!
 

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