Should I kill a rat snake!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cecilia1959, May 10, 2011.

  1. cecilia1959

    cecilia1959 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just found a rat snake in my hen house. I did not kill it because I want him to eat the rats but my mom said it will eat my eggs and baby chicks. What you everyone do...Let it go or Kill it.
     
  2. chickiepooh

    chickiepooh Out Of The Brooder

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    Being a reptile enthusiast, I would say relocate it! I had a mink kill all of my wonderful hens and I swore I was going to kill it when I captured it... I couldn't. It was just doing as nature intended. I relocated him many miles away... and did a bit of rethinking predator proofing!

    Good Luck to you!
     
  3. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes
     
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    Quote:I'm with her...I would relocate it if possible.
     
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    Relocate... I'd rather have snakes eating mice than mice eating everything!
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Collect eggs often, protect your chicks with hardware cloth. I'll take out a venomous snake right away, but rat snakes are GOOD snakes. They keep the mice, rats and roaches out of your feed.

    We relocate a dozen or so every year, but there are always more. Grateful to have them overall, just don't need quite as many as we have here on the coast. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Personally, I would kill it. I hate all snakes. [​IMG]

    ~Aspen
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy :

    Personally, I would kill it. I hate all snakes. [​IMG]

    ~Aspen

    Do you like mice, rats, roaches and poison better, though? (my personal phobia is roaches- can't even look at a pic)

    Poisonous snakes die fast here, but we have carefully weighed the benefits and educated ourselves- non-venomous snakes live, because they are of great benefit.​
     
  9. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Do you like mice, rats, roaches and poison better, though? (my personal phobia is roaches- can't even look at a pic)

    Poisonous snakes die fast here, but we have carefully weighed the benefits and educated ourselves- non-venomous snakes live, because they are of great benefit.

    I just can't stand snakes, I can stand bugs and spiders, but snakes...that is a whole different matter! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    My family will not kill gardner snakes, or any other such snake..but rattle snakes DOS! ( Die On Sight ).

    ~Aspen
     
  10. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
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    Yeah, Relocate . Snakes get rid of small varmints.;-)
     

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