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Pest and Friend

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Ponker, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Jun 11, 2016
    Ponker

    Ponker Loving the herd life

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    So I caught a big black snake coming out of the chicken house yesterday.
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    I have two broody hens and each time a chick hatches, I find the poor thing dead after a few hours. And I've noticed my egg production drop off but just a little bit. I thought it might be the heat. Not so!

    This poor fella was terminated. I hate to do that but when I find them in the chicken house, they have to go. Otherwise, they can live here, no problem. They are helpful with other pests and dangerous snakes.

    It was over 5 feet long but thin. The one I found in the front yard was very fat. And the guy driving the tractor moving dirt ran over one that was 'fat as a log'. He said it crawled off after he ran over it so he was hopeful it didn't die.

    So these guys can be a friend and helpful farm occupant but when they start hindering... well, everyone has a job. They need to stay on the right side of that line. Crossing it makes them a pest.
     
  2. Jun 11, 2016
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    Sorry you've been losing chicks and eggs, but it appears you've eliminated the culprit.
     
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    TAH

    TAH Herd Master

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    He is a pretty fella. @OneFineAcre Is this the same kind you had on your porch?
     
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    OneFineAcre

    OneFineAcre Herd Master

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    Yes
     
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