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Natural Snake Repellent

Hi there.

We have, I believe, a black snake slithering into our chicken coop and eating our eggs. Is there anything I can put around the coop or in the nests that will make the snake think twice about having an egg buffet? I don't want to kill the snake because it eats mice and stuff in the grain, but I'd rather it not eat our eggs, either. I've tried googling, but have gotten mixed results on if anything will work.



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May. 28th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I don't know how cruel this might be, but have you thought about relocating the snake? We did that once...
May. 28th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I work at a farm animal sanctuary, and we just relocated a couple today (one was in the coop with a baby; we got lucky that we spotted it in time).
May. 28th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Moth balls work but probably wouldn't be good for your chickens; you could try buying a few bags of blood/bone meal from your local garden store and spreading it around your coop. Snakes (and rabbits and squirrels) hate the smell.
May. 28th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Good think most birds can't smell! :-D
May. 28th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
no kidding!

i put blood meal under and around my bird feeders to keep the squirrels away; its great.
May. 28th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
er... thing..
May. 28th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
just sayin'
Mothballs are highly toxic. Probably not a good thing to recommend as a solution to any malady in this particular community. Here's one link, and more can be found by googling... http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/3866
May. 28th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: just sayin'
Oh I know. Thats why I added that it wouldn't be good in close quarters with chickens. FWIW - naphthalene is a (relatively) natural substance - OP could plant a magnolia tree near her coop and get a trace effect :P
May. 28th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: just sayin'
Strange how many common plants emit neurotoxins and other scariness. I've been after my mom to remove a dozen or so oleander bushes from her yard because my youngest child plays out there. Even honey made by bees who've been frequenting oleander plants can be toxic.
May. 28th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Snakes are crafty and cunning. They're not the personification for sinister forces for nothing. I think you need to relocate the snake and any others which discover the coop. Once they know where to find such a tasty treat, they'll keep on coming back. If you have grain etc that you enjoy having the protection of snakes for, you should store that in a (very) separate location if you are not doing so already. Rats and mice can be a danger to eggs too!
May. 28th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
My dad put up "snake fence" all around his property. You have to dig down below your existing fence to install it, but then it's tall enough the snakes can't climb it. Works well for him.
May. 28th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
I have no experience with chickens, but am wondering if you moved their nests up higher would the snake be able to get to them?
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