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Egg Thief - I got him this time!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by frustratedearthmother, May 5, 2019.

  1. May 5, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Herd Master

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    Walked out to the barn to gather eggs and found this:

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    AmberLops

    AmberLops Loving the herd life

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    Oh no! Have you tried Bonide snake repellent? I personally have not used it yet but I've asked quite a few people who all say it works great. You can get it at TSC, amazon or ace hardware!
     
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    CntryBoy777

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    Oh no!!....that is a grey rat snake....they will and can empty a nest rather quickly and will return if they aren't "dispatched" and depending on size can eat up to 18 eggs.....I've tried relocating them, but they can travel some distance and to be sure they are not returning.....take them out....they will eat young birds also.....hope ya showed this one your appreciation FEM!!.....:rant:somad
     
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    Rammy

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    Would be a dead snake if I found it in my coop. Take the dang head off with a shovel or I have a long handled ax would do the trick. Can you tell I hate snakes?
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Yep - definitely a big ol' rat snake! Couple years ago I had a big one like that - possibly the same one because I relocated it.:hu

    I found a shed skin a week ago when I was mowing so I've been on the lookout. I didn't catch him this time. Silly me - I thought he'd be moving a little slower since he was carrying a load. But, he turned around and slipped out a low spot under the barn wall. He needs to take care of the rats and leave the eggs alone - but since I know he won't...… the next time I see him he'll turn into pig food!
     
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    B&B Happy goats

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    Pig food....I like that solution :thumbsup
     
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    Baymule

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    We killed a big one that was stealing eggs. Paris about wore herself out "killing" it again and again. It was 5' long and she couldn't shake it like she does copperheads. She shakes them so fast and hard that they go to pieces.
     
  8. May 6, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

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    Gracie would have loved to get at this guy. A few years back I had two West Highland White Terriers. They found a rat snake (not quite as big as this one) but they "tug o' warred" it to death. It tweren't pretty...ugh.
     
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    Baymule

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    I bet they were real proud of themselves, with blood and snake stink on them. :gig
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Oh they were! They drug around their separate pieces, and shook 'em to death a hundred times... then they switched out and did it all over again, lol!