Snake in the hen house!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by broomgal, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. broomgal

    broomgal Out Of The Brooder

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    Thought you all might like to see this picture I snapped of a rat snake I caught eating an egg!
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  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

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    Oh My Word!!! I would have run away screaming!!! Holy Cow!
     
  3. Night Watcher

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    What are you going to do with him?
     
  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    What are you going to do with him? He would make a good pet!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. broomgal

    broomgal Out Of The Brooder

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    First time I caught him I just shoo'd him out- that was 2 days ago and he had eaten 2 eggs so I was surprised to see him back so soon. I wish I could tag or mark him somehow because my hens usually lay 6 eggs and they were all gone today. Trying to figure out if there is more than one snake! I will probably move him to a farther area of the woods.
    I don't mind an egg being eaten here or there but not all of them!
     
  6. Oosik

    Oosik Out Of The Brooder

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    I found one that size in my coop as well - with a suspicious lump in the middle. Since the chicks aren't old enough to lay eggs yet, I had to perform a C-section (chicken section). Alas, the snake did not fare so well.

    I actually wouldn't have harmed him but he didn't want to get caught and ended up a bit injured in my attempts to catch it.
     
  7. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Nice picture.

    When you move it again take it at least a quarter mile away. A few hundred feet isn't far enough.

    Now some folks are going to say don't relocate it because it is bad for the ecosystem. Moving a snake a quarter mile isn't going to harm the ecosystem.
     
  8. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Quote:Side bar here.

    Oosik, are you from Alaska? I don't think too many folks here know what an oosik is.
     
  9. ERnoleGuy

    ERnoleGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Side bar here.

    Oosik, are you from Alaska? I don't think too many folks here know what an oosik is.

    I do now! [​IMG] Oh thank you Wikipedia for my education! [​IMG]
     
  10. broomgal

    broomgal Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for the advice! Better to move it than kill I think- I seriously doubt it will hurt the ecosystem BUT I do like that it is nearby because I HATE rats and mice. Much rather have this snake around but I need to do something!
    He is coming in through the wire- before I found this board I had already started building and used medium welded wire and 2 layers of chicken wire- you should have seen him try to get back out with eggs in him- he could barely fit and gout stuck!
    However even if I had used hardware cloth I keep the main enclosure door open so the hens can go back in for food, water, and their nesting boxes/house as they free range all day. So he could still find a way in- just take the long route!
     

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