Posted 06-24-2004 at 16:27:16
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Evenin' to Y'All,
I'm new to this site, and have found many good ideas and suggestions.
We have a snake problem in our chicken house and I'm hoping for some suggestions from you good folk.
We had a Domincker hen setting on 18 or so eggs. Few at a time kept disappearing, so we figured we had a snake. The kicker is, two Sunday's ago we went out to check on them, as we did everyday, and found not only all but 4 eggs gone, but the hen dead on the floor as well. No obviouse bite wounds, but her head a sticky and wet. Looked like the snake had tried to eat her! Anyone else this problem?
Our house is 8 x 10 wood with a tin roof and the "yard" is fenced, buried, toed out and topped. We killed a 5 to 6 ft black snake on the following Tuesday and thought that was the culprit. Four days later 5 of 9 eggs were once again missing!!! HELP, PLEASE! We really don't want to kill anything, but can't have them eating the future of our egg business.
A good friend of ours is really "into" snakes and he's found where another is coming under the building. Haven't got that one...yet. We are planning to pour concrete this weekend for the floor of the coop and I've purchased sulfur and moth balls as suggested by many on this site.
Anyone have any ideas? We'll try anything once :0)