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Snake attack lost two day olds!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shepherd, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. shepherd

    shepherd In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2010
    How do you keep the snakes away from your baby chicks? I live out in the country and free range my chickens and I dont know what to do.

    I lost two chicks today due to a 5 foot long missouri constricting black snake, its the second attack ive had from snakes the first attack happened two years ago.

    I dont see how much could help sence the doors are always open (except at night) and a large snake can go threw chickenwire with ease.

    I hate loosing chicks this way any advise will help.[​IMG]:he
  2. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    There's a post on here somewhere about makin a snake trap from that plastic mesh stuff. You roll it up and line the bottom of your coops with it. Then as the snakes crawl into it they get stuck, and try to back out. That causes them to get tangled up in it. I'll see if I can find it for you. It does work cuz we were losing chickens to rattlesnakes. We got a 4 foot long one. I even took a pic of our son holding it up after we killed it.
  3. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    Quote:There it is! Hope it helps!!
  4. klutzyruth

    klutzyruth In the Brooder

    There are snake repellents like Snake A Way. http://tinyurl.com/2fpzz6w
    ingrediants are naphthalene (7%) and sulfur (28%). But naphthalene is in moth balls. So, I don't know.
    I have deer netting on top of my coop. That took care of the one rat snake that came calling.

    I'm not going to post the photo, just rather the link.


    It bothers me to see it. Sorry, I am a wuss.
    anyhow the netting http://www2.dupont.com/Garden_Products/en_US/products/deer_netting.html
  5. dragonlair

    dragonlair Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    Eeeuuuuuuu! I like snakes, but not near my critters!

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