Snake On The Coop Window

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dmorano, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. dmorano

    dmorano Hatching

    Mar 18, 2012
    Do you think this little snake was trying to get in the coop to get the eggs, or the chickens? Or was it an innocent bystander hunting for something else?



  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Cool photos. I don't know if it was trying to get in the coop- it is possible. I think I heard that they have a good sense of smell. But maybe he was just lounging in the sun?
  3. Did you say "little" snake..........[​IMG]
  4. Yeh, looks like it was just trying to soak in some sun. However, would not want that thing inside my coop!
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    It's a little hard to tell what kind it is, probably a rat snake. Many people are glad to have them around the coop because they eat a lot of mice and rats. It certainly does not look poisonous.

    However they will eat eggs and young chicks. It's up to you but I tolerate them around unless I catch them eating eggs or chicks.

  6. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    South Carolina

    It looks like a Coral snake. We have those around here too but I have never found them by the coop. My DH had one on his windshield of his classic car. He took it for a ride :)
  7. Phyrst

    Phyrst Chirping

    Apr 5, 2012
    eastern shore of MD
    Your little snake is a corn snake. It may have smelled mice or corn and that's why it's on your coop. It is not venomous so you don't need to be scared of it. It will probably try to get away from you. It's too small to get a chick or a chicken although bigger chickens sometimes eat these little guys. I hope you let it go ... it will catch pests and insects around your coop. I doubt it's big enough to eat an egg but it might try!
  8. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    Agree with Phyrst that this is a corn snake. I used to have several as pets. Looks like it was sunning itself. It would be very useful in keeping mice and rats at bay. I don't think it would pose a problem with your adult hens, except to frighten them, but I do think it would take a chick.

    Several years ago I found my llittle flock surrounding a gopher snake they had cornered in the field. Don't know who was more terrified, the hens or the snake. When I went to investigate, the snake saw a whole in the chicken circle and made his escape....they can really move. Hope you can all live peacefully.
  9. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Songster

    Jun 3, 2013
    Little?! Lol I would not wonder which it was after. It's hunting days would have been over. It looks like a copperhead, but they usually are fatter and shorter. Ewe!

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