Turkey Hens And Snakes (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ivan3, May 29, 2012.

  1. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

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    Both Schorger, in his The Wild Turkey (its history and domestication), and Klauber, in his Rattlesnakes, recount the observations of those who witnessed toms attacking - and sometimes killing snakes (both nonvenomous/venomous). The anecdotes don't mention hens. Our Slate hen, a few years back chased a 5.5ft. Black Rat Snake directly up a White Oak. However, this same hen, during breeding season, `presented' herself to owner without giving a thought to the 4ft. Black Rat Snake coiled next to her in the weeds (I carried off the snake, then carried the hen back to the run). Day before yesterday I checked the treeline for foxes and entered house for a few minutes. On return this was the scene (the Prairie King Snake was rescued after hen `threw' it - hens seemed proud of themselves - happy dancing with poult): If I had not intervened, I'm pretty confident the girls would have killed it (tom/jakes were satisfied with letting the distaff death squad rule the roost). [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Those girls were conducting a serious 'beat down'.
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    WOW !!! Great pics and story!! Love it!!! I better show this to my turkeys so that they can learn from the pros. Good job Turkeys !!!!!! :thumbsup
     

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