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Snakes for food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by estpr13, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. estpr13

    estpr13 Songster

    May 18, 2008
    Lexington, Ky
    My neighbor came over and excitedly explained that one of my 9 month old hens had caught a snake. So I went to investigate. She had caught a gardner snake of about 16 inches in length and was thrashing it about. After about 3 minutes she had it killed enough to eat and I thought she would tear off small pieces but no... she swallowed the thing whole![​IMG]

    I'm proud of her... [​IMG]

    I don't kill gardner snakes because they are helpful but if one is caught by a chicken it is a free meal.
  2. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Wow!! I never knew the chickens would eat snakes!! My yellow lab seems to love them though!! YUCK!!
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    When my first girls were just 1/2 grown, I saw one of them with something and upon closer inspection discovered a baby snake...it was gone before I could figure out WHAT kind of snake it was. Extra high protein snack, I guess [​IMG]
  4. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    this city kid is SPEECHLESS. snakes??? what else can they kill & eat?
  5. estpr13

    estpr13 Songster

    May 18, 2008
    Lexington, Ky
    I have heard of some breeds of chickens (Buckeyes)which will kill and eat mice. Mine have killed and eaten other snakes but they were much smaller. And some had been cut up by lawn mowers.
  6. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    LOL!!! Bet the next egg will just slither out!!! [​IMG]
  7. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    Quote:City kids, be careful.[​IMG]
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Mine love their snake snaks.

  9. So I take it Snakes aren't that bad for chickens! Except for the Poisonous ones of course, like Blue rasers, and... others that would be in Michigan for me.
  10. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    That's just like a worm, I thought somebody said sixteen inches! Swallowed whole!


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