Snakes in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ljninja, Jun 16, 2019.

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  1. ljninja

    ljninja In the Brooder

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    due To mice being in the coop— we now have a couple very large bull snakes in the coop. The chickens seem to be afraid of them in fact I’m pretty sure one had a heart attack while running after seeing a snake outside the coop. So what if anything should I do?
     
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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    Don't leave out feed at night. Don't keep feed in the coop. Don't put so much food out that the birds throw it all over.
    The mice are there because you're feeding them.
     
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  3. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    Are they this big?

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  4. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Songster

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    Oh my god I would just die. I'm at work and just had to put my feet up in the chair. I'm not afraid of snakes generally, but after killing five in the last week that were all in the chicken house (or eating baby barn swallows) I guess I've reached my threshold for snake tolerance for a while. That snake is freaking huge!
     
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  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    Lol I knew it was just a bull snake so I picked it up and made my husband take a picture of me with it. It tried to strangle me. It is now living happily (I assume) in a cow pasture a few miles away.
     
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  6. ljninja

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    NAA60512 Chirping

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    20190703_211033.jpg We have a snake that hangs out in the barn. He eats rodents and the occasional egg. Seems a fair trade.

    DW is afraid of snakes so she will not put the chickens up at night by herself. We both go out tonight, using my phone as a flashlight since I left the spotlight we usually use in my truck.

    There's the snake, enjoying a meal. DW holds my phone/flashlight and I make a grab for him...and miss. DW shrieks and runs, with the light, leaving me in the dark with a pissed off snake. Despite all my best yelling (oh, so much yelling) the snake got away.
     
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  8. Compost King

    Compost King Crowing

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    My mouser and rat eradicator just passed away, his name was "The Cat". I fear I may get mice, then rats then snakes.
     
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