Visitor to my coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BlueShadow, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. BlueShadow

    BlueShadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had a visitor to my coop today. I was going into the coop and almost stepped on him.

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    I decided to relocate him about a mile away. With chicks and toddlers around, there was more risk than benefit to letting him stay.
     
  2. TominWa

    TominWa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked and looked and couldn't see anything....then....holy crap!
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You are a braver kinder soul than me, my husband would be whacking its head off while I scream hysterically across the yard. I have an extreme fear of even the tiny ones.
     
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  4. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

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    Wow. We don't have anything like that here...thank goodness!
    I prefer the stomp-on-it method myself. But that's a pretty big snake to be stomping on. Is it poisonous?
     
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  5. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't think it's a copperhead (poisonous). Milk snake? (not poisonous)
     
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  6. BlueShadow

    BlueShadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was a fox snake. They are not poisonous. He was very cooperative about being relocated. I got an old feed sack, rolled the top down so it stayed open, put it in front of him, and he went on in. I didn't even have to poke him with a stick or anything to encourage him. After I picked up the sack, he got very angry and started buzzing his tail. I held that buzzing bag all the way over to the other property where I released him.
     
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  7. BlueShadow

    BlueShadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can understand fear of snakes, although I do not share it. They do always startle me though, because they lay so still. And reptiles have completely different behaviors than mammals and people - very still, slow (until they aren't), and unblinking.

    The main reason I didn't even consider killing him however, is that fox snakes are useful. Their diet is mostly rodents. I like that! I didn't like where he had chosen to live right now though, so I moved him.
     
  8. GGBEAR

    GGBEAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Praise the Lord I live in the UK I would have run off lol :eek:
     
  9. biophiliac

    biophiliac Chillin' with the Peeps Premium Member

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    I enjoy the non-poisonous ones too. :D
     
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  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Thank you for not eliminating him. ....they serve a great purpose and no reason to take out something not a threat to you.
     
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