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Snake??? Spider???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CCchickens, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. CCchickens

    CCchickens In the Brooder

    May 4, 2013
    Over the past year we've had 3 chickens die.

    The first, a light sussex a bit under 30 weeks old, was found near a pile of rocks in the yard dead last summer (December).

    9 weeks ago a mixed breed rooster about 12 weeks old was found near the same rock pile, also dead, just 15 minutes after seeing it running around healthy as the rest.

    Just today a third died...a pullet about 21 weeks old was found a few metres away from the rock pile...not dead, but lying on the ground panting. She wouldn't move, which was unusual, but we thought at first it might have been heat exhaustion (it was just under 40*C here today). We tried to make it drink and put it inside to cool it down, but an hour or so later, after a few convulsions she died too.

    All 3 had a purple face and comb when they died. We wondered if this could be the result of a snake. We live close to the bush, and see Brown Snakes every summer (we've seen three this summer, one of which is now dead). But the rock pile happens to be the home of a couple of Blue-tongue lizards, which we've heard don't mix with snakes. The differences between the time of the deaths also has got us wondering...15 mins to 1 hour plus...can snake bites take that long to kill???

  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    I'm not sure how long a snake bite takes to kill but I would look into that rock pile! Something that's obviously deadly is living in there! Use extreme caution when you investigate ! If its Killing your chickens it's likely able to seriously hurt or even be deadly to humans as well! I would try and get rid of the rock pile before it happens again. I wish you the best!
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Poisonous snakes don't always inject the same amount of venom, thus the different times of death. You definitely need to (very carefully) get rid of the rock pile. If there are poisonous snakes there, they could eventually bite you, your pets, your children, neighbors' children, etc.

    How big is the rock pile? Can you build a nice-sized bonfire over it?

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