Whats the best time to catch a snake?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Anotherguywithchickens, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Anotherguywithchickens

    Anotherguywithchickens In the Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    Hello all, i have had a serious problem with snakes this year. I have lost close to 100 eggs in the past 3 months. I went about a hour after dark about a month ago and killed a 5ft+ rat snake. Thought he was a copperhead in the dark... Then i seen a water moccasin about 6ft from the coop around 5 or 6 in the evening. I have checked early morning and about a hour after dark at the latest. I am missing this other snake / snakes. Should i go check at 3am? Whats the most common time to catch one? When i get a few more bucks I'm going to get some minnow traps and try that out. (seen that here) In the past 72 hrs it has got 10 eggs. It dont like the golf balls either, seems to move them out of the way.

  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    First [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana! Second I don't have a clue. I will say that the rat snake my husband found curled in the next box and the water moccasin that we found both were found in the morning! My MIL did see one in there in the evening as she was closing them up! So I'm not sure!! [​IMG] Good luck with your hunt!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2011
  3. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    First off Move. [​IMG] Sorry had to say it, I don't have much of a snake problem here, so I will shut up and read what the snake experts have to say. [​IMG]
  4. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    In Alaska, the best time to catch a snake is about -60 then you can use them as swizzle sticks. I know...[​IMG]
  5. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

  6. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    There's been several threads about snakes recently. One of the popular suggestions was to twist deer netting loosely around the outside of the pen, or hang it loosely over the top. A lot of folks have trapped snakes that way.

    A snake expert posted about the minnow traps - she said you don't need bait, but be sure to put them along walls, where the snakes crawl.

    I lost 18 chicks to snakes, and now I put the mamma hens and chicks into a snakeproof cage every night for three weeks, until the chicks are big enough to hop up the ladder to the roost. We cover the cage with hardware cloth tied with wire. The last chicks have lasted three weeks, anyway... They went to the roost last night. I guess I'll see in a few minutes if they made it through the night.

    It's been a bad year for snakes!
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I'm losing Bluebirds eggs to rat snakes, so I know when the chicks come I'll have another problem

  8. Anotherguywithchickens

    Anotherguywithchickens In the Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    Some of you.... lol

    I have had the worst problem ever. I found these about 3 weeks ago. I believe they were trying to breed since there were 7 of them in one water hole that was only about 4ft by 4ft


    This girl has been working so hard to hatch eggs.
  9. Anotherguywithchickens

    Anotherguywithchickens In the Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    Anyone else.. I missed it again, checked about 930 last night then at 7 am, came sometime between those hours.
  10. effie

    effie Songster

    Mar 5, 2011
    West(by god) Virginia
    OMG:eek: the pic with all the snakes in the mud is soooo gross---ewww-yuck!!!!!! I would have died running into that many in one place!!!!!!

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