Warning!! Rat Snake Kills 5 Week Old Chick

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by misty51, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. misty51

    misty51 Out Of The Brooder

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    Went out to my coop this morning and found rat snake next to my dead 5 week old chick. Apparently he tried to eat it and it was to large so he reguritated it back up. So sad.
    So everyone watch out for snakes they do kill baby chicks.
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2011
  2. kesali

    kesali Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 5 weeks old now and I figured they were fairly safe from snakes around here. Guess not. I have them in a pretty secure coop/run, but snakes are able to get into the smallest forgotten niches.
     
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If snakes are a big issue in your area, someone is using minnow traps with great success and they are trapped live so you can relocate, if you must [​IMG]
     
  4. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have just heard of what they say is a great thing for snakes. Bird netting from the garden store, like what you would put over fruit trees to keep birds away. Put it around the ground around your coop. The snakes get trapped in it. I just bought a huge roll of it. I hate snakes and would be totally heartsick if one killed my chickens.

    deb g
     
  5. misty51

    misty51 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I am going to try the bird netting and I liked the minnow trap idea also. But any snake I find around or in the coop I am going to kill, sorry everyone. 2 weeks ago we found a rat snake in the coop with the baby chicks but their mother was in there with them and when we went out in the morning the snake was still in there with peck marks on him, so we relocated him about 1/4 mile away. This snake today looked about the same size. Same snake? Anyway the chicks are going in a cage in a spare room off our garage at night until they are bigger. Their mom stopped being a mom on Monday, maybe if she had been in there she would have been able to fight him off. I have found raising chicks to be so joyful and hearbreaking at the same time.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    One thing to consider though, if it is just a rat snake, you might end up with a rat problem if you take them all out... and rats also kill chicks.
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I had to kill my first non-venemous snake last week. I usually relocate them to keep them safe from my chickens. This one had done the same thing. Swallowed my poor 5 week old cochin to the shoulders and killed it before it realized its meal choice was too big. I was so upset I couldn't stand to let it live. So now I've started killing any I find near my coop and moving the ones I find elsewhere in the yard. I really hate to kill them, but hate to loose chicks (and money) even more. My solution seems to be working for now. Good luck, and sorry about your chick.
     

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