Warning! Need I say more? Snake pictures below!
Let’s see . . last Tuesday there was the snake in the coop that ate all the eggs the hen was sitting on. Then Monday there was the snake by my garden trash can. Then . . this evening . .
When I go out to give the chickens fresh water, I very cautiously look inside the coop before retrieving the water containers. I looked inside. No snakes. Yay! I grabbed a handful of chicken feed to give to the hen who probably isn’t leaving the nest. I gave her food, checked for eggs in the egg boxes around her. There are three boxes on the left, then two in the middle, then three on the right and all three sets have their own lid.
I opened the middle lid, peering down into the egg boxes and right there on that ledge . . another rat snake.
I ran back to the house to get Vince . . as fast as my flip flops could take me!
I was afraid if he tried to shoot it inside the coop, he was going to hit the hen sitting on eggs or at least he would have scared her to death so he maneuvered with the hoe to get the snake out and then decided to whack him against the side of the coop. Looks like a little washing and touching up the paint will need to be done.
See the two wooden eggs inside him?
As much as I dislike snakes, I really hate killing a rat snake. Since Cat doesn’t seem too interested in killing rats, I guess a snake is the next best thing. But once they eat the wooden eggs, they’re going to die anyway and those wooden eggs get expensive . . as fast as the snakes around here are eating them.
I don’t want snakes in the chicken coop but I’m sure there’s an endless supply around here. We could probably kill several a day and not make a dent in the snake population around here.
It’s going to be a long time before I can go out there without being nervous about what I’m going to find.