A pretador in the henhouse

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A pretador in the henhouse

Post by Farrier1987 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:28 pm

Went to get eggs and found this fella. Took and put him over the lake bank. Fox snake, endangered species but doing well around here. Every summer I have something happen with them. Today just egg, no chicks or setting hen which has happened before. Constricted the hen and killed her a couple years ago. I think she tried to defend her nest. I have found shed skins in the barn too. But if its a few eggs a year, so be it. Havent had to go to war yet, and I don't want to.
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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by Colleen Kinzie » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:38 pm

I would die!!!!

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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by SusanH » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:47 pm

Wow. Bless you for caring for endangered snakes. I agree that an egg or two is a small price for helping such a beautiful creature survive.

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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by Killerbunny » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:02 pm

Beautiful thing!
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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by Happy » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:19 pm

Helz no!
Burn the coop down!!!!
I'm kidding...I wouldn't kill it but holy crap I'd probably break a hip from the back peddaling I'd do if I walked in on that.

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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by labradors » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:59 pm

That's a biggie!

Thanks for caring about this big boy :).


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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by thegawd » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:05 pm

WOOOHOOOO Thats Awesome! my favorite indigenous snake that i have only seen once when i was a kid. Beautiful! thanks for sharing!

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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by poultry_admin » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:05 pm

I'm also with Al and the others on that one! Glad to see that you keep your cool around snakes and even big ones!
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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by windwalkingwolf » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:30 am

Lovely creature. I would rather have a dozen snakes in my henhouse (actually that happened once--a female garter and her many suitors were, um, twining on some straw) than a single raccoon.
Good on you for moving her!

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Re: A pretador in the henhouse

Post by la-chicken » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:13 am

Holy Crap! (mike drop)
Breeder of the Buckeye has been a long hard road. But, I am starting to see my work pay off with a win of Best American, Champion Large Fowl with a 2018 pullet. Very excited to continue my work with SC RIR LF, Bantam White and Black Wyandotte, Bantam New Hampshires, Bantam Buckeyes, and Embden Geese.

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