A Snake in the Chicken House

@sgbrown (1646)
United States
May 3, 2016 6:58am CST
Just the other morning, hubby and I were discussing the fact that the chickens aren’t laying very many eggs. We only have 8 chickens, but we usually get 4 to 6 eggs a day. Lately, we have been getting 1 or 2 or sometimes none! Well the other morning, I went out to check on the chickens and had given them some more food and fresh water. I was opening the door to the chicken coop when I stuck my head in and saw this large “chicken” snake crawling up the wall into one of the nesting boxes! Needless to say, I backed away from the coop very quickly! Chicken snakes, or bull snakes as they are sometimes called, are not poisonous but they do bite if threatened and I wasn’t going to give this guy a chance to feel threatened. I ran back to the house and told hubby there was a snake in the chicken coop. He grabbed his rifle and we went back down to “take care” of him. I know, all living things have a place in this world, but I was not about to try and capture this guy to take him someplace else and turn him lose. He was going to have to go! By the time hubby and I got back down there, he had crawled up into the rafters to hide. Hubby finally got him to come out and “took care” of him, then carried him out into the woods. Talk about getting your heart started first thing in the morning, this did just that! The picture you see is not the snake that was in the chicken coop the other day. I didn't take time to take his picture, but this is the same kind of snake. This one was found in my flower bed last year!
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@PainsOnSlate (20078)
• Canada
4 May 16
I can feel you squirming, I would too, can't stand snakes. My daughter (mother nature) saves the snakes, takes them to the woods and lets them free.. I however would probably do what your husband did..
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
4 May 16
I instantly like your daughter! However, a snake or a spider, will not be re-located around my house. Even if the snake is not poisonous, it will make me hurt myself trying to get away from it!
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• Canada
5 May 16
@sgbrown and my mother nature daughter takes spiders our of the house too - I smush them.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
10 May 16
@PainsOnSlate The only spider I won't smush is a tarantula. They are way too big to smush! Hubby takes them outside away from the house and turns them lose.
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@JudyEv (118545)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 May 16
No wonder you weren't getting any eggs. We dispose of snakes too if they are close to the house.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
3 May 16
Rattlesnakes will be disposed of anywhere we see one. Hubby doesn't really like killing the chicken snakes, but if he doesn't, we would never get any eggs!
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@xFiacre (4230)
• Ireland
3 May 16
@sgbrown Snakes always need taken care of when they appear near humans. This is why im so conent to live in Ireland - no snakes here.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
3 May 16
These chicken snakes are really not harmful to people and they eat lots of rats and mice that around. We would leave them alone if they didn't eat all our eggs! I didn't know that Ireland didn't have any snakes, that is very interesting!
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@xFiacre (4230)
• Ireland
3 May 16
@sgbrown it's also very comforting to people like me who have had nasty experiences with snakes in the past and are now unreasonably phobic about them!
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
3 May 16
I understood that a snake would eat the contents of the egg but leave the shell, which would make the intrusion pretty obvious.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
3 May 16
I have always found that the snake swallows the egg whole. Over the years, we have found several snakes that have a large "lump" where the eggs is inside them.
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
3 May 16
@sgbrown I may be mistaking the practice of lizards and other reptiles.
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@UncleJoe (9461)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
5 May 16
I have seen video on YouTube of chickens killing snakes.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
10 May 16
As large as these snakes are, I think the chickens would have a hard time killing them.
@Platespinner (16532)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 May 16
I opened the nesting boxes to collect eggs one day and found a snake with his mouth wrapped around an egg. One of my sons was kind enough to dispatch the beast for me.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
10 May 16
Hubby found a snake in the chicken coop one time that had been able to get in through a hole in the fence, but after he ate an egg, he couldn't get back out. Hubby disposed of him right there!
@Susan2015 (20163)
• United States
3 May 16
That would of scared the heck out of me. He must have been stealing the eggs that your chickens were laying. I would be checking to see if there were snakes in there every time now.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
10 May 16
I have been checking. I stick my head inside the door and ask, "is there any creepy things in here?" If there is a snake in there, he will usually move around and make some noise. Then I carefully look in the boxes before I put my hand inside!
@Juliaacv (28911)
• Canada
3 May 16
Snakes are one of my biggest fear in the world. I would have run away from the coop too, but I wouldn't be able to return to the coop after that, my fear would take me a long time to get over that. I know what you mean, and although none of the snakes that we've ever found in our yard pose much of a threat to us by biting, but my husband always takes care of them for me and afterwards, he will bury it in the field behind the house.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
3 May 16
I will admit that I am afraid of snakes, but when we moved out here, I have to deal with them. The first year we moved out here to the country, hubby killed 6 rattlesnakes. There have been fewer every year and so far this year we haven't seen any. The chicken snakes don't scare me so much after I realize it is just a harmless snake, but I am still "leary" when I step into the chicken house!
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@LadyDuck (146886)
• Switzerland
3 May 16
I do not like them, it's not fear, but a real phobia. We have water snakes in this area, they are not dangerous, but I cannot stand them.
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@JohnRoberts (51983)
• Los Angeles, California
3 May 16
I would not want to run into a fellow like that. Exit, stage right for me!
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@sharon6345 (118274)
• United States
3 May 16
I don't believe those kinds of things or rodents have a place here. only rabbits. they are disgusting. Good job.
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@Lucky15 (33439)
• Philippines
3 May 16
I will be screaming like crazY in the morning ;(
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@TheHorse (62105)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
Interesting looking snake. I don't think we have those here.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
10 May 16
Apparently these snakes go by many names, bull snake, rat snake, chicken snake and black snake. All I know is that they are way too big and scare the rain out of me!
@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 May 16
I can deal with a lot of things, but a snake is not one of them even if they are not poisonous. That is the bad part to having chickens. I really hate they feel the need to hang out with the chickens.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
10 May 16
Me too, @mom210 I am always a little leary when entering the chicken house and looking for eggs!
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@DeborahDiane (19889)
• Laguna Woods, California
6 May 16
Wow! That would certainly have gotten my heart beating first thing in the morning, too! I hope you enjoy more eggs in the coming weeks, now.
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@sgbrown (1646)
• United States
10 May 16
That was definitely a "heart starter", @DeborahDiane I hope we start getting more eggs too, it really makes me mad to have chickens, but have to buy eggs at the store!
@Shiva49 (12027)
• Singapore
11 May 16
Yes snakes are always a scare poisonous or otherwise - siva