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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:21 AM

Egg production is down with the ladies they're traumatized

Found black snake eating a egg in hen house Thursday. I moved him to lower pasture. I told the ladies this morning feeding them that I understand completely.

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Reply Egg production is down with the ladies they're traumatized (Original post)
TEB Aug 1 OP
Ohiogal Aug 1 #1
TEB Aug 1 #2
soothsayer Aug 1 #3
Arkansas Granny Aug 1 #4
TEB Aug 1 #5
jcgoldie Aug 1 #6
handmade34 Aug 1 #7

Response to TEB (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:44 AM

1. Yikes.

The poor hens! I hope this takes care of the problem.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:45 AM

2. Hope so

Next step is the psychiatrist vet

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Response to TEB (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:50 AM

3. Soothing classical music

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 08:03 AM

4. My dad never considered black snakes to be a problem in the henhouse.

For the number of rats and mice they consumed, he was willing to sacrifice an occasional egg. Rodents can ruin a lot of livestock feed.

Also, and I don't know this to be true, he claimed that a healthy black snake population would deter poisonous snakes. I know that I never saw any on our place while neighbors who killed any snake they saw, reported seeing them on a regular basis. I know that's purely anecdotal and you're free to draw your own conclusions.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 08:15 AM

5. I agree with your dad

Black snakes keep the copperheads cleaned out. We used to have a problem with them. And recently I found one in lower horse pasture shot it 22 snake shot. So once again I had lower fields burned out local fire company does it for free. As they train their mountain and brush fire teams. The burn takes care of the copperheads for about three years.

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 08:18 AM

6. I never do bother the black snakes

Just give em couple seconds if you see them they will go mind their own business .. good for mice an egg here or there is a small wage... they are much cheaper workers than my egg sleuthing LGDs in that regard! 😂

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 08:57 AM

7. black snakes there

skunks, fox, hawks, bears, etc. here... hugs of solidarity from my hens to yours

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