Snakes

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Farmdreamin, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Farmdreamin

    Farmdreamin In the Brooder

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    Hello! I have 6 chickens most are little ones like silkies but I got one Brahma who is almost 6 months. My husband is terrified of snakes. We don’t get big ones. Just little ones but I have read some will eat snakes. Is it realistic to think she might help keep snakes away? My husband is not a huge fan of my chickens but he is a good sport because I love them, however, this could win him over lol. Thanks!
     
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  2. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    Snakes are after rats and mice. Try to keep a no spill feeding system so rodents can't be attracted by the wasted food and thrive upon it.
     
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    centrarchid Free Ranging

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  4. Farmdreamin

    Farmdreamin In the Brooder

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  5. Farmdreamin

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    I think I should clarify. I don’t have a snake problem of any sort. I live in the woods but I have only seen one baby garder snake in the 3 years we’ve lived here and that was way back in the rear woods by our rock wall. BUT. My husband has a severe phobia none the less so I’m trying to convince him that our new giant chicken will eat them. I’ve read some info to suggest that but now much. Looking for opinions on if a very large chicken would actually eat a small snake or
    At least scare it off if it were the come
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    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Mine eat snakes smaller than 12" and will kill them up to about 24".
     
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  7. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    Yellow rat snakes are "raiders of the egg box".
    We battle them spring thru fall seasons. Copy of IMG_20170717_141536.jpg
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    Not dangerous to humans but haphazardness to egg production. IMG_20170720_121958.jpg
    They stress your egg layers and they will stop laying eggs until you eliminate the threat.
    We are in Florida. I have tons of pix of these suckers my DH snatched up. Yellow rat snakes can get 10 feet long.
     
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    Farmdreamin In the Brooder

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  9. Farmdreamin

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    OMG!! We dont have anything like that around me thank GOD! But we were just talking about moving to Florida
     
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    Also what is a no spill feeding system? My babies are all indoor for the winter ( I know that’s not necessary but I like to do it). We have a large indoor coop/run in the basement but they will be out in the spring if it ever gets here. I didn’t have any rodent issues last year but doesn’t hurt to take precautions for this year too.
     

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