Snakes and decrease in egg production?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HenHouse10C, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. HenHouse10C

    HenHouse10C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just this past Saturday I discovered our resident black racer was just outside the coop, on the end where the nests are. He's not a big snake, but I'm sure he could swallow some bantam eggs given the chance. I'm sure my birds saw him. The nests are 4ft off the ground and this snake is maybe 3ft long, so I doubt he was able to get in the nests.

    Well, ever since Saturday (4 days now), I've only gotten 1 egg a day, where before I was getting 6 a day. No eggs from my reliable girls! Is it possible they sensed the danger and quit laying for a while? None are molting. I do have a broody but she's in a separate nest so she can't steal eggs, and none of hers are missing. Very strange.
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Florida has no shortage of snakes. Maybe there are others that got the vibes of the egg supply and are enjoying your breakfast supplies.
     
  3. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Racer's can climb ...

    Snake can eat rather large objects too!

    Here is a rattler that measured 42" without its head and 13 rattles ... Eating a rabbit!
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  4. HenHouse10C

    HenHouse10C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the snake. Those are 12"x12" brick pavers there for size reference. Think he could eat an egg?
     
  5. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    A bantams egg, maybe, but there could be others, larger and different species. ??? [​IMG]
     
  6. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, that's a little one ... Ours are red or blue, and are about four feet long ... Maybe it has a mommy or daddy?
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015
  7. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some hens wont lay with snakes mear their nest (mother in laws wouldnt lay same with my friends) boths had sankes eating eggs through so the girls stopped laying it took a while after they got rid of the snake for the hens to to start laying after the stress
     

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