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« on: January 10, 2011, 12:40:41 PM »

Do any of you have a solution for keeping snakes away from chicken houses? My parents really want to raise chickens again for some fresh eggs (which they have done in the past) but my mom doesn't want to worry about the snakes which they have had in the past. Any advice?
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011, 01:29:49 PM »

Well, make sure you get some ceramic eggs to put in the nest.  If the snake eats them, they die when they try to crush them.  Other than that I don't have any advice.  The snakes come and go around here.  Sometimes I have them real bad, then they go away.  Course, barn cats help.  They will kill snakes.  I usually have more snake problems when I am out of barn cats.

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 07:58:48 AM »

I didn't have the ceramic eggs, so I used a few old golf balls I found.I'm sure the ceramic eggs would work better, but something  still  gets the balls from time to time.- Smiley- and I get more eggs- Grin  Bordercollie
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 09:54:19 AM »

I have used the golf balls too. same principle, sometimes they will go for the ceramic egg shape instead of the round golf ball.  But either way, both should work.

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 10:40:55 AM »

For us the answer was fortifying the chicken house and yard.  Bird netting wrapped around the fence helps as it traps the snakes and they can't back out.

there are lots of good suggestions here.  I knew someone years ago that marked eggs and injected them with arsenic while not allowing access to the nests by the hens.

Snakes and i just flat don't get along.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2011, 11:03:12 AM »

What types of snakes do you have issues with? Copperheads, black snakes?
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2011, 11:25:11 AM »

Winter, i have an irrational fear and aversion to all snakes except little garter snakes!  We have every poisonous snake in the US everywhere I have lived.  So they make me jumpy. Shocked

John takes the non poisonous snakes for a long walk in the woods.  the copperheads and rattlers are dispatched.

I should be bigger abt snakes but in this old age it probably won't happen.

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011, 06:36:06 PM »

Here is a large rat snake I caught in one of my nest boxes.  He ran a broody hen out of the nest and ate all of the eggs.  When I found the snake it had eaten about 5 eggs and was so stuffed it could not move much.  Caught it took pics and then made sure it would never eat another egg Grin


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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 07:05:08 AM »

That is a big snake..  ugh.

Here's my solution.  They look a little lazy here, but I have video of the black and white one crunching mouse brains.
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 07:55:11 AM »

Staci Ö many years ago I watched a show that followed cats around for days.  It didnít matter how much they fed them, each day / night they would all go hunting.  I see some of mine hunt the fence row even with a bowl full of food.  I can pretty much tell where they are cause the squirrels start barking at em.

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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2011, 05:25:22 PM »

Netting works the best.
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