Snake info - Bull snake

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Wildsky, May 19, 2008.

  1. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    We have a resident bull snake, he was around last year - even up on our patio - I caught him and let him go at the end of our drive way - well he's back in our front yard, I saw him this afternoon.
    What kind of danger does he pose for my chickens and baby chicks etc...?
    The snake is about 3 feet long.
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    Sorry, wildsky, don't know anything about snakes... but hopefully some one will come along that knows.....
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    A quick search indicated that bull snakes will eat eggs.

    I had a black snake of some sort (I'm not much of a herptitologist) after eggs under the banty. Pulled it off real quick. I think it had started on an egg because one came out from under the hen with it. All eggs were accounted for. The little hen just sat there. No alarm or anything. I just happened to go in the coop and saw the snake with its head under the hen.
  4. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    It will eat eggs and baby chicks but will pose no harm to you. Once it finds a place for an easy meal (Henhouse) it will come back everytime it gets hungry.
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Thank you!

    I can afford to lose a few eggs if need be... the hen house is in the back yard, closed at night and at least 100yards from where the snake was in the front, I also have a horse and goat right next to the chickens and I have heard that snakes stay away from the sound of horse hooves beating on the ground (?)
  6. shaky

    shaky Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Bullsnakes are wary of large animals, as you'd expect, but they are mostly concerned with mice and rats. Yeah, they'll take a chick, rarely an egg, but I'd rather the snakes clean out the rats than be overrun. The snakes come for rodents. Most likely it's not the same snake as you saw last, but they do have territories, or a sort, so it could be.
    A relative had a resident bullsnake come through the barn among the cows on occasion, but they are better than rat traps.
    They like cover, like tall grass, or at least shrubbery, so a flat dirt yard is not usually their cup of tea.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    What everyone else said. They are a miniscule risk to your eggs or any chicks that are outdoors, probably next to no risk to your hens, and can be major help in controlling the rodent population. Plus they're cool snakes. They can get *really* long! [​IMG]

    Pat, sadly living in a nearly snake-free latitude these days, oh well
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Oh Good - he can have all the mice and rats he can find! [​IMG]

    I bet thats why last year he - or a close look-a-like was up on our patio. We had two (at least) mice which we had to trap and get rid of.
  9. CatAteBird

    CatAteBird In the Brooder

    May 20, 2008
    Yukon Oklahoma

    Got to love them... but, I just killed two last night (black chicken snake).. One was 4ft long and devouring my baby silkie... So, I did some research online and I am going to Lowes today and buying some Snake Away and some Sulphur to spread around my coops. I am so mad :mad:

    I know they are good for rats and mice, but when they start killing my babies.. IT'S ON.... They messed with the wrong person...
  10. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Songster

    Dec 27, 2007
    Snakes may be good for mice/rats, but so are CATS. I'd personally rather get a cat or two and let them keep the mice/rat population down and kill the snakes. I hate snakes. They're just freaky. They can move, but have no legs....spooky and scary!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

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