trouble with snakes eating eggs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by augiedranch, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Snot would not have been the only bodily fluid I would have lost control of at that point! [​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  3. nutz4critters

    nutz4critters Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I personally didn't see his snake, just reporting what I was told. From one of the other posts, I understand it's possible that the chick was too big for the snake to swallow and he/she/it wasn't sticking around the coop to upchuck when he/she heard my uncle coming. Felt his footsteps, then, since snakes don't hear, I'm told.

    However it went, the snake went away in pieces. I was joking about it bringing home dinner. I don't think snakes have family dinner. Unless it's a family they ate. [​IMG]
     
  4. hobobrando

    hobobrando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would contact ACME for those exploding eggs I hear all ACME products are half of this week. [​IMG]
     
  5. augiedranch

    augiedranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:exploding eggs!! wow!!!!![​IMG]
     
  6. Oreo

    Oreo Out Of The Brooder

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    Snakes will sometimes eat light bulbs. I saw in a (tree-hugger) magazine once where a snake ate two light bulbs being used to entice hens to lay. The people felt so sorry for the snake they called in experts and the experts were able to X-ray the snake and I saw the photo of the X-ray with two light bulbs inside. Then they either gave it an operation or else manipulated it somehow to get the light bulbs out without them breaking. That is NOT what I would have done. I would have allowed the thing to go off and die in peace. I mean pieces. And then I would have put a lot more light bulbs in the nests. I've heard regular light bulbs are going to be illegal soon, anyway. . . . . . Other than that, if snakes start causing trouble I shall take my 12-gage to the henhouse with me. Or, I may take my .22 with-- yes, they do call it that-- snake-shot. You can buy snakeshot bullets for a .22 or for most common pistol sizes and it basically works like a shotgun, but it is smaller and cheaper than a shotgun shell. If you have a hard time finding snakeshot for your gun, go to the next gunshow in your area and start looking/asking around. That way, you won't make a seriously huge hole in your henhouse when you shoot. Also, a .22 is much quieter and won't alarm the neighbors so much. In extreme times, too, you could use it to shoot at a dog or other animal from a ways away without much danger of killing it or injuring it (as long as you don't hit it in the eye). All this presupposes you live outside city limits where it is legal to shoot. Thankfully, I do. . . . .
     
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  7. Oreo

    Oreo Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, if you take any of my advice from that post I just made, please note that the fact I said it doesn't mean it is legal where you live, or that it is right for everyone to do it in any location or circumstance. Where I live it would be fine.
     
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Quote:That is a kingsnake. Pros and cons...

    Cons - they will eat eggs...and every now and again a small chick

    Pros: they eat other snakes including venomous ones. they are immune to rattlesnake, copperhead and cottonmouth venom. They also eat frogs, toads, bugs and small birds.

    I have a nearly 6' Kingsnake that suns himself in my yard....all my neighbors had diamonbacks in their yards and pastures and I never had a single one. Kingsnake stays!
     
  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Straight dry sulphur will work as a perimeter but you must constantly keep it down...if it gets wets you must re-apply. Snakes will not go across it because it burns their bellies. My grandfather used to swear by it and I admit to never seeing a snake around his place.

     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Our monthly conservation magazine says there really is nothing on the market to "keep snakes away". In our house anything with a sharp point or that fits a gun seems to do the job.
     

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