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Snakes in Chicken House
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MJ in SC    Posted 06-24-2004 at 16:27:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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)

KellyGa    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:48:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is what I did as a precaution to any kind of predator. Before I assembled the chicken house, I laid down a layer of chicken wire. I put down enought that it would overlap to the outside of the walls of the coop. Then, I laid bricks down with the measurements of the width and length of the house, then I assembled the house,setting the hosue walls on the bricks, which I had made to where I could put four walls together with braces, so later, when we do move, I can just take it down and reassemble it at our new home.

The weight of the house will keep the bricks down and the wire will keep any digging rodents and such out. Even if they are able to dig underneath, they can't get through the wiring. A lot chaeper and easier than pouring concrete. :) Hope this helped.

Oh yeah    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:51:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
and of course you put down hay on the floor to cover the wire, and to catch poop. :) Kelly

TB    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:31:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know about the dead chicken but if you have other laying chickens put some glass or ceramic eggs lookalikes in the nest. snakes cant digest them and will solve the problem if it is snakes. If it is somthing other maybe traping and lead injection.

Burrhead    Posted 06-24-2004 at 16:35:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
could be a snake getting the eggs but by the hen's head being wet and not eaten it was probly a coyote or fox, or even a coon or a possum.

They all will kill a chicken and not eat it if they are full of eggs.

Most times a chicken snake either can't or won't kill the chickens but they will eat all the eggs they can hold.

Joshuatree    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:01:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Burrhead....Guess who? I miss you dude :)

Burrhead    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:09:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm gonna hafta think on this one a while. How ye been??

Joshuatree    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:13:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Trying to stay outta trouble, heehee...... laying low and staying outta tales ;)

Burrhead    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:27:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah I know what you mean. I hadtuh cut them talerban loose mysef.

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