The daily collection of eggs from the chicken coop is pretty routine these days. Every afternoon the eggs are collected in a mindless manner. Things changed Saturday when I opened the chicken coop door to find a snake in the nesting box!
Oh. my. goodness.
I quickly shut the door. Then opened it again. Yep, still there.
The boys and hubby where golfing so I was on this mission solo. The snake was in the middle of eating an egg. I thought about just leaving him there. However, I really just wanted him gone. I knew it was not a venomous snake and guessed it was some sort of black snake. Even though it wasn’t venomous, I really had to work up the nerve to remove him.
After texts of encouragement from my brother and a friend, I took a shovel into the coop. My plan was to lift it with the shovel and then fling him in the woods. When I nudged him with the shovel, he decided to crawl up the wall of the chicken coop! Yes, straight up the wall he slithered.
The cool thing was I discovered how he was getting in. The snake had the ability to make itself very thin and squeeze right through the chicken wire window. I have since learned that 1/2″ wire will keep the snakes out.
My adventure continued and it turned into complete chaos for a minute. The snake went out the window and the dogs went wild. As I was calling the dogs off, I forgot to shut the chicken coop door. One hen escaped and the dogs forgot about the snake and went on a chicken chase. So now I am trying to watch were this huge snake is going, call off the dogs and wrangle a chicken while keeping the rest of the chickens in the coop! What a sight it must have been. Thankfully, the hen was herded safely into the coop.
The snake is off in the woods but will probably return for eggs. We are going to look for 1/2″ wire for the windows. Meanwhile, we are very cautious when going to the coop now!
The day before this fiasco, the dogs found a 6′ long black snake in the front yard. Again, I was home solo. Just call me the snake lady! They were different snakes as the one in the coop had some white markings while the other was pitch black.
We do not kill black snakes because they are good for keeping the rodent population down. I just hope we can control the situation before too many eggs are lost. Have you ever found a snake in the hen house?
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