Worst experience thus far. Copperhead got 5 turkey poults!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Benelli, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Benelli

    Benelli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2009
    We brought 12 turkey poults home that didn't seem like they were going to make it the first night. They had blood in their poo. Got them through that and about a week later lost one and I'm not sure why. Got two more poults from a different breeder and kept them seperated for a few days. First night a huge storm came through and drenched them even though they had cover, also tore down my peacock enclosure too. Built a really nice brooder for all the poults. They had one good night in the brooder. A five foot long Cottonmouth was in the brooder when I went out yesterday morning. He'd killed five babies and eaten two before I got there. I've never had problems with snakes before with all my peeps and peafowl. I just feel doomed at this point to have turkeys. I knew they were hard to raise, but it just seems like one thing after another. Needless to say, we've revamped the brooder and have snake repellant down. Hoping this poult experience gets better. I've always had much better luck with peeps. Thanks for letting me vent.
  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Wow, not a good start! Hopefully you will have better luck (and no more snakes) in the future.
  3. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Wow, that really sucks!! Sorry for your loss!! [​IMG]
  4. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    That's awful, I'm so sorry! Hope it goes better from here on out.
  5. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    [​IMG] [​IMG] I am so sorry this happened to you. We had a black snake kill one of our 1 week old chicks last year. We were new to chickens. Wish you lots of luck in the future.
  6. Benelli

    Benelli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2009
    If it had been a non-poisonous we probably wouldn't have lost so many. I think he was having fun just striking away in there until he settled down to eat. He would have killed more if I'd not found him when I did. He couldn't get back out once he got in, he was too fat with poults in him!!!!!!!!!!
  7. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Was it a copperhead or a cottonmouth?

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