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Chicken Snakes
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Judy    Posted 09-15-2003 at 19:21:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a "sneaky snake" getting our eggs. Also
while on vacation something killed 5 big buff orphington hens 1 day, but left no marks or any
blood spilled. Also, disappeared 1 bantam rooster. I think the snake is responsible for all. I read something about catching the snake using fishing line put through an egg, but don't remember all details. Could someone help me know how to rig this up so as to catch the culprit?


Jimbob    Posted 09-16-2003 at 07:01:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our critter situation a few years back required a secure pen that tunneling was impossible. We also have a new dog that keeps things at bay. It is an Australian Shepard.

This dog takes its job seriously. It would not even think of killing a chicken like most other dogs. Heck, the roosters ate from its dog dish!


Donna from Mo    Posted 09-16-2003 at 03:12:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Opossums wiped out a dozen hens for me, years ago. And we caught them at it, so there's no doubt who did it. They'd wait till right after dark and come to the free buffet. I started taking a flashlight out to check, and there would be Mr. Possum, grinning at me with chicken blood running down his chin. The light didn't scare them, so once I learned to keep my mouth shut (my voice scared them) my husband or son would go out with shotgun in hand and kill a culprit. The final score was 11 possums dead, 10 chickens dead. I am not counting the baby possums that were hanging onto their mom, the last night we scored. That would have probably made it 20 dead possums!


LH    Posted 09-15-2003 at 21:42:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with the others I cant see a snake killing and removing that many chickens at one time and not leaving any evidence. Dogs coyotes and fox will kill and eat them but usually leave a heck of a mess including feathers and blood. Mink will just kill them and leave the birds. Coons are smart and will kill them and remove everything to eat at their dens


Linda    Posted 09-15-2003 at 20:34:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Skunks did pretty much the same thing here. They can kill a lot of chickens in one night.


Clipper    Posted 09-15-2003 at 20:05:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have coyotes around there that henhouse will be a buffet for them....never seen a snake that could eat 5 chickens in one day...and if I ever do I sure ain't gonna argue with him.


jd-tractor    Posted 09-15-2003 at 19:38:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got any fox around your area??


Maggie/TX    Posted 09-15-2003 at 19:36:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Judy, that would have to be a mighty big snake to eat all them chickens in one day. Sounds like you've got some other kind of varmint getting your chickens.

I've heard you can kill a snake that's after eggs by using a glass egg. But you'll have more rodents around if you kill the snake.

5 chickens in one day? You got any transient type neighbors?


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