Stinkin Snake!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Goat_Walker, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Well I Had my duck hut all set up.
    Nice, snuggly, and didnt have water draining into it.
    The perfect spot for my duckies to rest.


    Or so I thought.

    Went out to do pools today, I get done and added some hay to the duck-hut ( on my hands and knees) I back out, and not 3 seconds later the thing collapses!

    I back all the way out and check out the damage. Then I reach for a board to start picking things up, and out comes this foot and a half long copperhead!

    I turn my ducks away into the far part of the pen, then I run and get a hoe. I start looking for it, carefully taking pieces of wood away. Then I lift up the first kennel, and there he is. Just sitting under there curled up to strike. SO i take the hoe, and start to hack at him.

    But, I have no hand eye coordination and end up not putting enough force against that ball of muscle.

    So I weed him out, and he ends up going through the chain link fence and up a tree. As soon as I am sure he is there and still, I grab my 2 month old duckling and run for it!

    I run up to the house and call my mom out to help me.

    ( she recently had a bad scare that makes her absolutely loath snakes . I was out of state and she was watching the animals for me. She bent over to scoop out some corn and came half way up. She founded her self face to face with a 6 foot water moccasin. )

    Well she comes out, half crying becuase she is so scared ( poor mama)
    and we see it in the tree, i get in the pen and start hacking at it from my end and she takes the hoe and starts hacking at it from her end.

    We end up losing it in the tall grass.


    Now Im all worried. I had to move my kennels, tarp, and boards that made my walls. When I moved my platform that I use as a floor ( used to be the bottom of a tree house) I found what he was after. A nice cozy nest of mice is living under there and they run out. Youd think with all the cats out here they wouldnt be ... well.. here.

    I have a mama duck with 4 eggs in her nest, 2 drakes, and the baby to worry about.
    Im not sure if the snake was big enough to take down her eggs though. For a petite thing she sure does give me some good size eggs.


    Not much I can do, But thought Id share. Ive killed copper heads and Moccasins before out here, but now its personal. No body , especially not a snake, is going to hurt my babies and get away with it. You could say I have determination!
     
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  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    omgosh! I'm so glad you did not get bit! [​IMG]
     
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Me too. Thats one good thing. And not 3 days earlier I had my Mini schnauzer out there and she was pawing through the hay. I thought that she was doing it becuase it was new, I think they snake may have been there at the time. Thank God It Didnt Get her!
     
  4. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    A trick I learned in Viet Nam: snakes are cold blooded. When you need to get them out from under something or out of the grass, spray the area with a co2 fire extinguisher. They pop right out, so be ready. Have help on hand waiting. It is no time to start looking for a hoe or shovel. They will be very unhappy and very angry.

    Good Luck,

    Rufus
     
  5. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG][​IMG] bad bad sneaky snake. I would have:th if i ran into that. Glad no one was hurt. Hope you get that bugger real soon.
     
  6. TexasJoe

    TexasJoe Taking a break

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    You might consider buying a "snake handlers stick", you can get them for a bout $25. This takes 90% of the risk out of catching them.

    Or, do what I do, hold their head down with a garden hoe, and then cut their head off with a pair of bolt cutters.
     
  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Im going to ask my dad if I can have one of our spare fire extinguishers for out there.

    worst part right now is That it got dark quick last night so I couldnt make a very sturdy new home. I was up till abut 2 this mornign finishing off a book and it was POURING rain, I mean the kind of rain that drenches everything.

    So ive got a mess to clean up.
     
  8. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

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    No shotgun or .22?
    At the very least you need a machete handy.
     
  9. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    Be careful messing with a poisonous snake and don't get bit! Chances are he won't be back after all the hubub but just keep a eye out and be careful!!
     
  10. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Quote:Unfortunately my parents dont trust me with a real gun, wonder why? I have a BB gun , but I didnt have a chance to grab it as it was on the other side of the house.
    I actually bout a machete at the last flea market for only $2 Its REALLY good too, but sadly after my dad heard about me chopping up a water moccasin with it he confiscated it , saying " Young Ladies shouldnt be out chopping up poisonous snakes! "[​IMG]

    Edited for a spelling error
     
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