Snake theory

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by UNCLEG, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. UNCLEG

    UNCLEG Out Of The Brooder

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    OK after dispatching my secound chicken snake this week I have theory. Snakes can smell eggs with chicks in them. Everytime I have hen on eggs I find a snake, no hens on eggs no snakes. Could be just happening by chance but I wonder if any of you have noticed a patten.

    Thanx,

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  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
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    Considering how many people here have had snakes eat their golf balls or ceramic eggs, I think it has just been coincidence.
     
  3. peruvian_princess

    peruvian_princess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldnt know I just hate snakes
     
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
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    They are attracted and can sense the warmth of the eggs.

    No hen on eggs = cold eggs = little appeal for snakes.

    I don't think they care or can tell if there is a baby chick in the eggs, I think they are just going for the warm ones. That explains why they will sometimes eat a golf ball or fake egg - if it's warm they just figure it's a good one.
     
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  5. peruvian_princess

    peruvian_princess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snakes have a keen scence of smell so they must smell the hens and just know that their will be eggs to boot.
     
  6. turtleblossom

    turtleblossom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe the snakes are drawn to the body heat of a broody hen/ I know that several kinds of snakes have sensory organs that let them "see" body heat. Anyone else have any theories?
     
  7. UNCLEG

    UNCLEG Out Of The Brooder

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    Good input, Had not thought about the heat, and I know the one I killed yesterday had to have been under the hen which had just got up off nest to eat.

    Thanx,

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  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    When I see a snake, I tell DH it's time to mow. My Uncle Harold (God rest his soul) used to have a story about finding a snake. It had just eaten a mouse. He was just a little boy at the time. He was so upset he killed the snake and cut it open. The mouse was still alive and well. Yeah, yeah, I know. Mice are bad too, but it was 60 years ago he was just a little kid.
     

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