snakes in the trees

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ivan3, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Heard the roo giving out with the raspy ground pred. alarm, but didn''t see anything and the chooks went on foraging. About twenty minutes later the chooks had all parked up on the back deck (hang out before roosting). Then the turkey hen (3yr. old Slate) started with her excited `I found something tasty' `pweeet'. We looked over to see her with wings half-spread, running forward, jumping into the air and coming down on something. She kept up with this hitting and running until we got to her (had decided to take on a little more than she could eat!). Now the Black Rat snake got tired of the harassment and went straight up, scaling a White Oak on the west side of the house.

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    This should be an object lesson to those with little pullets. hardware cloth is very good. Not much else will stop these guys (talking passive means of protection for unattended chooks). Even though we have trees in/out of the run, and plenty of the `ratters', the only snake we've had to remove from the coop was a Prarie King that was being `tenderized' by the flock (looking for rodents in the wrong place).

    The link below is a good reference for those with problems (snake-proof fence seems to be the best bet - other than hardware cloth and attention to loose fitting doors/other `holes').

    http://www.rutherfordcounty.org/pets/pdfs/Controlling Snake Problems Around Homes.pdf

    We have all kinds of snakes here, but no losses of eggs/chooks in three yrs. (Full Size Standard Chooks).
    (the one in the picture is probably on the way down the chimney right now...)
     
  2. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] YUK YUK YUK!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Beautiful pics!
     
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    Ohhhhh....it is gorgeous!!!! I feel guilty, as much as I love and adore every snake the comment
    ....Prarie King that was being `tenderized' by the flock....

    made me laugh. Poor thing.​
     
  5. 2boxers

    2boxers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How on earth did you keep from pooping your pants :eek: That is a HUGE snake and just looking at it makes my skin crawl!
     
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Great pics. Isnt it amazing how they can climb a tree like that? Im putting hardward cloth on everything that I can....I dont want to find any of those dudes in my pens.
     
  7. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's amazing climbing the tree like that. There have been a lot of them around here this year. Don't mind them eating the rodents, but they like my eggs and turkeys too much. My horse don't like snakes eather, she freaks.
     
  8. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O-M-G! Please tell me we don't have those in Central Indiana. [​IMG]

    I'll never be able to take a walk in the woods again.
     
  9. Fowler

    Fowler Out Of The Brooder

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    Those are some Great Pics!!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    I pulled one of those out of a nest box, and pulled a golf ball out of its mouth. It wasn't quite that big though. My boys thought I was a tough mama. I don't mind snakes because rats totally creep me out; goose bumps up my back just thinking about the wretched rodents. Great Pics!!!!
     

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