Snakes.....bird netting, chicken wire and chain link fence

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bburn, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. bburn

    bburn Songster

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Thought I would post this. In the last seven days I have had at least four snakes in my chicken yard. Four snakes that had to be killed because they were caught up in the bird netting, chicken wire and chain link fence.
    When we added on my DH was out of town so I did what I could. I did not feel the chain link would keep everything out so I covered it from the bottom with chicken wire...making a bit of a skirt that I buried. Then I had some left over bird netting that I put over the chicken wire for 'just in case'. All the sudden after all the rains we have snakes were showing up. STUCK in the chicken wire and bird netting. One was about two feet up off the ground twisted and stuck in between and through the chicken wire, chain link and bird netting. The other three were closer to the ground but tangled up in the wire and bird netting unable to escape. Plus, we had some snow fencing that we used to cover a 'between' area when we were planning to integrate some chickens from one run to another. We give them a couple of weeks of facetime before we put them together. That snow fencing was on top of a small coop and had blown off during some rain and wind. So it was hanging off the coop to the ground. The snake that got in that was tangled in it as well as the bird netting.

    So, I am saying with all this, that bird netting has a great use if you live out in the country and have snakes. I am amazed at the four snakes in seven days but more than that the snakes were trapped in the wire and netting. Two were not poisonous but were so hung up that I had to kill them to get them out. One I could not identify. But the fourth was a good sized copperhead.

    I will be adding more bird netting around my runs....for 'just in case'. And I sure won't be reaching my hand into a nest that I cannot see into. I have wire over all my runs except one and it has bird netting over it.
  2. Naunnie

    Naunnie Chirping

    Jun 6, 2013
    Buchanan, Georgia
    [​IMG] Wow! Thanks for the tip. This would work for the ducks chain link run. Please tell me what type of bird netting you use and where can I purchase it.
  3. tbmom2boys

    tbmom2boys Hatching

    Apr 13, 2014
    This is what I am thinking of doing. Did you use the black plastic bird netting or the thin rope kind of bird netting?
    Did you pull it tight or have it more bunchy?
    Thanks for the tips! I have been stressing about this!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: