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How do i kill a chicken snake?
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ellie    Posted 04-16-2001 at 15:13:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]

i need your help in finding out how i can kill a darn chicken snake....the thing is eating all my egss


bill    Posted 12-26-2003 at 21:07:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never seen a real Chicken Snake. All the snakes in my yard will chase you around until you get up in a chair or up on top the tractor. cant belive any snake could be chicken. I had a problem with on of my neighbors a while back, and one of our garden snakes started chasing her down the lane. I didnt ever see her again. Snakes can be good.


joel    Posted 07-22-2004 at 06:42:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
put a plastic or ceramic egg in the nest ...they cant get out of the coup


dr.fang, herpetologist    Posted 08-20-2002 at 16:36:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

what an ignorant way to not solve a problem. the chicken snake, aka the black rat snake, aka elaphe obsoleta obsoleta, is incapable of eating a chicken egg, or any other type of egg for that matter. while it probably would eat a freshly hatched chick (and hey, who would'nt?), it lacks the specialist egg-puncturing bones at the back of the throat, essential to an egg-eating snake species. the reason they are called chicken snakes is because they freqeunt chicken coops looking for rodents living on chicken feed, and yes, chicken eggs. good luck. snakes are cool. peace out.


gerry    Posted 05-06-2005 at 07:43:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
so how do you kill a snake that sneaks in and steals eggs. Only way I have found so far is visit the chicken house at night, look in the rafters, if you see one, stab it with a stick.


ah24    Posted 06-18-2008 at 21:48:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
sorry to tell you this, but they do eat eggs, and lots of them the last one we found in our coop we killed, and when we did eggs came out of it, that it had eatin. thanks


Leonard    Posted 12-16-2003 at 01:51:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I ate a chicken once when i was still a woman.


robert    Posted 07-21-2002 at 01:45:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
To make sure you get him. Take one of the eggs and insert a large fish hook in it with some strong fishing line attached and put it in the nest. Tie the end to something. Gather all the other eggs before dark. He will go for the only one left and he will be hooked...


Joanna    Posted 07-23-2004 at 14:52:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Robert,
Because every single time one of my "ladies" wants to set, the snakes eat her eggs; I can see that eventually, I will have no chickens left. I have so many heart-broken hens, I can't bear it.

So, I am going to try your idea of the fishing hook and line.
Joanna


Ricky Rico    Posted 06-19-2002 at 15:32:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What yall thinking. You all must be from one of those tree hugging, owl loving, states like Callyforny or somewhere. Here in East Texas we pick them there snakes up no matter what brand they are and we bite their heads off right there on the spot. If yall need any more advice we will be more then happy to give some. "Ricky the snake killer"


Ricky Rico    Posted 06-19-2002 at 15:31:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What yall thinking. You all must be from one of those tree hugging, owl loving, states like Callyforny or somewhere. Here in East Texas we pick them there snakes up no matter what brand they are and we bite their heads off right there on the spot. If yall need any more advice we will be more then happy to give some. "Ricky the snake killer"


laj    Posted 04-20-2001 at 12:22:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you SURE it is a snake that is eating your eggs??
There are a LOT of other varmits that like eggs too. I'd try putting the laying box (or what ever) up on something like metal posts that a snake could not climb up but that the chicken can jump up into.

I have black snakes on my place. And I get very upset at people killing them, because if they are gone then the copperheads that live down over the hill may move up. Rule in nature is, "any available food source (mice and rats in the case of snakes) will have SOMETHING come to exploite it." I.E., if the mice/rats (which multiply at a great rate) are not kept "in control" by good (nonpoisonous) snakes, you run the risk that BAD snakes will move in to take advantage of the (now) abundent food source.

Fear of snakes is a learned response. With a little pratice you can relearn to at least not be scared of them. DON'T mean you have to LIKE them, but at least be able to tolorate them - just like a lot of other things you have to tolorate - like obnoxious neighbors, etc. :-)



magpie    Posted 04-21-2001 at 10:10:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im not very fond of snakes, but I would prefer them to a neighbor, obnoxious or not.


evey    Posted 06-16-2002 at 12:34:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DONT KILL THE SNAKE! without them, the mice would be EVERYWHERE, it is inhumane to do that, if you want it to stop eating the eggs, make a snake-proof fence, or try traps, but dont kill it!


Cathleen    Posted 06-10-2001 at 09:23:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found a "chicken" snake coiled in my guinea fowl nest with a couple of eggs in its belly and one in its mouth. As I pulled him out with the hook at the top of a hoe, he disgorged the last egg.
A strike with the hoe dispatched the varmint.
He doesn't harm people but he wiped out the years worth of guinea eggs which we despirately need for control of the multitude of grasshoppers which have cleaned off two plantings in my garden.


no name will be given    Posted 05-18-2003 at 17:25:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
grab em by the tail with your hand and use them as a whip and at the same time hitting his head against a 2 by 4 or something. then you can get a shovel and finish him off.


cheryl smith    Posted 05-28-2003 at 21:56:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
what do a chicken snake look like? I went to my shed and a brown and tan looking snake was curled up in a walmart plastic bag my husband said that it was a chicken snake we dont have any chicken I just store pots and videos and materal, storeage boxe and dthing like that in my storeage no chicken


K Smith    Posted 04-18-2001 at 10:26:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandpa would take a small light bulb.Place it in nest with eggs.Snake would eat bulb thinking it was an egg.Then the snake would go wrap around a tree to squeeze and break egg but it will be a glass bulb instead.


John    Posted 04-19-2002 at 18:39:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
At your local feed store, they sell ceramic eggs in either brown or white. They serve two purposes. One they will kill the snake, and two they teach young hens where to lay there eggs at.


Nancy Harris    Posted 05-01-2002 at 16:35:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My son and his son came upon a snake in with my silkie chicks today. It had eat six so it wasn't trying to leave. My son thought it looked like a copperhead butwe really didn't know. He shot it ,then cut it head off. I would really like to know how to tell the difference. It did have a copper color to it strips Nancy


the end    Posted 02-01-2002 at 11:17:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
if the snake eats eggs it want eat rats!! put a golf ball in the nest he will not be able to leve the pen!


magpie    Posted 04-19-2001 at 11:42:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ill bet after that glass breaks, that poor snake get one heck of a bellyache.


coaltrain    Posted 04-17-2001 at 12:56:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hay I replied awhile ago about this snake I mite mention one measure to keep snakes away if you know where he is crawling in and out put you a trail of lime across when he is out he will not crawl across it to get back in, the same lime you use to sprinkle on floor after cleaning chicken house.


Peggysue    Posted 04-20-2004 at 16:16:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my chicken house is off the ground, all the snakes that we find up in the rafters of the house.
Will this system work if we put the lime all over the floor and just leave it???
Hope that someone can help because these slimie things are no less then 4 foot long and I hate snakes..
Peggysue


vickie heath    Posted 05-13-2003 at 04:30:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i tried the lime to stop chicken snakes from getting my eggs nd chicks. NOT working what else can i do? i have killed 2 snakes already. HELP!!!!


hay    Posted 04-17-2001 at 05:08:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
ellie, i have to agree with mudcat49 and ihank 100%. please do NOT kill it. they are very usefull in controlling rodents.


Mudcat49    Posted 04-16-2001 at 20:25:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
YOU DON'T KILL IT!!!! THATS THE PROBLEM TODAY, TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE KILLED MOST OF THE SNAKES AND THE RATS AND MICE ARE RUNNING OUT OF CONTROL!!!!! IF IT IS BOTHERING YOU HAVE SOMEONE CATCH IT AND RELOCATE IT!!!!!!


Dreamweaver    Posted 04-17-2001 at 12:13:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Muddy, I respect all of God's creatures, but I'm here to tell ya that I ain't gonna entertain no egg-suckin snake. I'm terrified of um.....


IHank    Posted 04-16-2001 at 20:57:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ellie- Sounds like you got lucky as to your rodent problems. Leave the snake alone and let him get rid of the rats, mice, gophers, etc., that are dangerous from a health standpoint, and their presence will be harmful for your chickens.

Mudcat is right! Recommend you just write off a few eggs as payment for Mr. Snake's work of getting rid of some nasty problems for 'ya and helping keep your chickens safe from some sneaky predators! IHank


Larry    Posted 04-16-2001 at 19:48:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I heard on the radio the other day about this problem.They said something about putting a few glass eggs in the chickens nest,and after the snake ate them,all you had to do was find the snake carcus to get your glass egg back.I guess snakes can't digest glass eggs very good.


mommyd    Posted 04-22-2002 at 19:04:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Snakes cannot tolerate mothballs, the stong odor offends their delicate scent organs, if you can't catch it to rid of it, maybe put some mothballs around to repel it. I don't blame you I can't stand em either.


Magnolia Country Girl    Posted 04-21-2006 at 11:22:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
To kill it, just shoot it cuz there'l be more. But what I have found to keep ALL snakes away from my chickens and guinea's and newborn rabbits is powered sulfur. You can get it at the feed store. Pour a wide line around the whole perimeter of your coop and chicken run; It'll last about a month, and when it looks like it's thinning, put more down. Easy as that.


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