Yesterday, while moving the chicken coops around and cleaning them, my little Yorkie named Zack was going crazy digging at a piece of cardboard he found under the dirt near one of the pens, I thought he may have found some buried treasure for a moment but when I jerked the cardboard up I quite nearly, jumped out of my skin as I found a huge copperhead snake, it was quite alive and lunged at me, when it did my little Yorkie charged in, it happened so fast, I was not sure if my dog had been bitten or if I had as I felt something hit my leg but gave it no thought as I lunged toward the snake to save my little dog who was trying to save me. (I had a garden hoe in my hands to clean the pens) I took a few swipes with the hoe, managing to make contact but not enough to stop him, I shoved Zack out of the way with my foot, stabbing away at the snake but doing no damage except now he was heading into my chicken coop where Meme my rescued rooster and his new girlfriend Weezy were they jumped back but all my other hens were heading to me to see what was going on, meanwhile I managed to get the hoe flat on the snake where his head was trappeed in the coop and I had the hoe mashed on his tail while I screamed bloody murder for my husband who came running with a shovel and chopped the deadly viper to pieces, we had to move fast as the hens thought they were in for a treat or something the way they ganged up on us trying to get the snake. After the scare and close inspection neither Zack or I had been bitten but the pain I felt on my leg was where I must've clipped my leg with the hoe when I started my attack..whew! God was truly watching out for us today! My chickens would have been in dire trouble up against that monster.Now I am wondering if there are more snakes laying in wait for our chickens or sneaking into the coops. With one rooster gone lame already, I am now wondering if he had been bitten by a snake rather than a gopher as we originally thought. From what I have read so far if snakes are in or near your coop it is because they are searching for food such as rodents or an easy meal of a fresh egg. Some say snake repellents do not work while other's swear by them. I am wondering what would happen if a chicken gets bitten by a snake? Is it better to leave the snakes alone so they can eliminate the rodent population or to get rid of the rodents to eliminate the snake population. What is a humane way to get rid of rodents and snakes? I have also seen several articles and video's stating chickens kill and eat snakes and in my experience this may be true with baby snakes but I lost three hens last year to snake bites. I am looking forward to your comments :)-Motherhen (The chicken lady)
Find out how to keep snakes away from your chickens
Well, I have learned quite a bit about how to keep snakes away from my chickens and had great success, and I want to share what I have learned with you. Go to How to Keep Snakes Away From Your Chickens
It's that time of year again. Snakes are looking for a little dinner and they really like to eat eggs. I use a mixture of garlic, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme boiled together, strained and put in a spray bottle, then I spray it in the nest boxes, the hen house, and the coops and it works pretty good since snakes see with their sense of smell rather than their eyes. One whiff and they are usually out of here. However, we do still run across one every now and then. I got to wondering if there are other people who raise chickens which may have home made snake repellents that have worked. I would really like to try them. Feel free to try mine and to share yours. If you have a homemade snake repellent that works- would love to hear from you!
Update on Natural Snake Repellents
I have discovered that snakes do not like cinnamon oil and clove oil and I spray it in my nest boxes and around my coop to keep them away. I use 10 drops of cinnamon oil and 10 drops of clove oil per gallon of water. Mix well, put it in a spray bottle and spray any dark place where snakes may be. Be very careful for the next week after applying because any snakes that may have been hiding there will come out and you could run into them.
How to Keep Snakes Away From Your Chickens
Living on the Brazos River with my little chicken farm, I found myself in a constant battle with snakes. I was finding them in my coop, in nest boxes, and even under my broody hens. Since using my get rid of snakes methods I no longer have a snake problem. See how I keep snakes away from my chicken coop here: Go to How to Keep Snakes Away From Chickens
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