will eating a dead copperhead kill chickens?

Seesagirl

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This may be the wrong forum but here goes.

My husband killed a 2 foot copperhead and was too tired afterward to deal with body and left it on a concrete thing in our yard overnight. Our chickens were doing fine at that time, he checked on them for the night, etc. This evening, the snake body was gone, and the chicken flock was depleted by about a half dozen month old chicks. They aren't gone, their bodies are still there. They look like they hunkered down for the night and died in their sleep. No evidence of anything attacking them. We're wondering if one of the full grown chickens dragged the snake body into the run and the babies ate it and got poisoned.
 

meetthebubus

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sounds horrible so sorry!! I don't know anything scientifically but my opinion is a poisonous snake would hurt them as far as eating it.

also lots of animals could of taken the snake though, vulchers for one :)
 

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