Snake under the chicken??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bj taylor, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    a lady @ church today told me i have to keep an eye out for snakes being 'under' the chickens in the nest boxes. is that for real?
  2. farm-a-zootical

    farm-a-zootical Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2011
    I'm not really sure what she meant but we put hardware cloth around the whole pen, anywhere there was even a small gap. I have a vivid memory from my childhood of my great grandmother picking up a chicken to gather the eggs & immediately noticed how heavy it was. A snake was wrapped around it, had suffocated it, & eaten all the eggs. I do NOT want to experience that if I can help it!
  3. DinosRBirds

    DinosRBirds Hunted by Moonlight

    Feb 1, 2011
    Lake Huron,MI
  4. rnoyster

    rnoyster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Conway, South Carolina
    If you have a snake in the coop eating the eggs in the nests, put a golf ball in each of the nests. The snake will eventually eat one of them and it will kill the snake.
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Yes that does happen. Sometimes the chickens don't know it or it just doesn't mind. The chicken snakes aren't going to hurt you but if they do bite they can bring blood.
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Snakes are pretty common in this part of the country. I've found some in every coop I've had in the south. I feel fortunate that all have been chicken snakes (often called rat snakes,) as we see plenty of venomous snakes around here as well; just haven't found one in a coop. I've never had one kill an adult chicken, only eat eggs, and once a young chick, but I imagine a large one could. Ditto the golf ball approach. When we had bird feeders, they would wrap around them to wait for the birds. The only problem with a chicken snake bite is those mouths are pretty germy, like most animals' are. In my present coop, the holes in the wire have prevented any large snakes from getting in, but several small ones have. The one that ate the chick couldn't get back out; we found it halfway out and stuck where the lump from the chick was.
  7. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Snakes will crawl under a hen. One time my room mate was getting the eggs up for me and he reached under the hen and a snake was under her, it had eaten an egg. I guess it just slides under them and they are too dumb to notice or care.
  8. georgia chick

    georgia chick New Egg

    Jan 11, 2012
    Georgia of course :)
    This is my biggest fear. I dont get my first chicks until April but all I can think about is the darn snakes they are going to attract! Flockwatcher, where in South Georgia? I am outside of Valdosta.

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