Snakes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by StarLover21, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens love snakes! Especially one called Redtail. We sometimes get these 'worm' snakes, that are not the size of worms, but still small for a snake. I have seen Redtail swallow one whole [​IMG]. Today I found one and tossed it to the chickens. They went nuts, playing tug-a-war, chasing eachother, flapping, cackling...you get the picture. Oh my gosh a GIANT worm!!!!!!!! [​IMG]So if you hate snakes, get chickens!
     
  2. Terrik

    Terrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen my chickens with a snake. I'm assuming this spring I will see them around again since every year I find them in the garden. I can't wait I love watching my girls chase each other when one has a worm [​IMG]
     
  3. chickengoober

    chickengoober Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember the first time my chickens caught a snake! I was terrified...I was sitting on the porch working on a windchime; the chickens were out free-ranging. All of a sudden I see Opal, my chubbiest Orpington running away from all the other girls. She had the biggest worm in her beak I had ever seen...or so, I thought it was a worm. As soon as I realized It was a snake I freaked out, grabbed my iced tea and chased after her, trying to splash her and get her to drop that snake! I was worried it was poisonous o something and if she ate it she would get sick or worse [​IMG]. I finally got her to abandon her find. I chopped off it's head and into the compost pile it went. A few hours of fourm surfing later I found out I could have just let her have it, it was harmless. Oh well...I'm sure she forgave me ater I came back with some of my apology tomatoes.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens eat a surprizing amount of animal prey. Watch closely and over time and you will see them catch and eat small rodents, even young birds. Indigo buntings seem particularly tasty.
     
  5. terryg

    terryg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen mine get garter snakes. And they really like frogs. But, even the hens know that toads don't taste good!
     

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