Monday, May 30, 2011

Nest Surprise



How's this for a nice how do ya do? Looks like the boy has a new pet! This egg stealing snake got discovered in mid sneak and made a pretty good escape effort but alas, caught in the end. Could this be what is running my hens off their nests? Maybe one a little bit bigger...

UPDATE- not a king snake. This beauty is a Rat Snake!

7 comments:

  1. OHHHHHHHHHHH that will give me nightmares tonight. What kind of snake is that? Please say you killed it twice. ewwwwwwwww. My daughter would say burn down the barn but I wouldn't go that far. I would remove every little portion of hay and deep clean it. hahaha I am a city girl though.

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  2. I don't remember a post about hens being run off their nests. Were they laying eggs elsewhere? I know it is just a King Snake, but I would pee in my pants and fall over backwards trying to escape.Grace, that is funny--burn down the barn.

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  3. Hi Grace! We think it's a King snake. LOL on the burn the barn down! No, he/she's not dead yet, it is in a bucket right now until we get a positive ID on it. If it's not poisonous, it's a pet! LOL

    Hey PP! I don't know if I mentioned it or not, I was thinking it was a coon or possum running the hens off the brood. It's happened 3 times now. I still have 2 hens setting tho, one in a bucket on top of my hay pallets and another in the laying boxes I built. So far so good...

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  4. Can I get an update on the snake? I am worried that really did make a pet of it. I can't imagine the horror. My children hid 144 glow in the dark rubber snakes in my bed once and I have never recovered.

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  5. Hello Grace! Well, it was a pet for a couple of days but it escaped (lousy tank topper). It will be back, stealing eggs and I'll just catch it again!

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  6. OHHHHHHHHHHH I shouldn't have asked. The fact that it is loose and can sneak up on you would kill me. I would never enter the barn again. hahaha

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  7. LOL Grace, it's okay. They are more afraid of you than you are of them. It's all part of living way out in the country. All kinds of creepy crawlies!

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