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#1450697 - 29/01/2018 12:20 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
bundybear Offline
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I am getting cranky at these snakes. It is the babies giving me grief. I have what should be snake proof cages for my chickens. These naughty snakes are finding a way in. One has a tray for removing the poop. There is a gap that would be at best the width of my little finger at the tip. They must be getting in there then killing my chickens, decide the meal is too big, then leaving. If I can find these babies they will be relocated.

I don't mind sharing now and then with them but when it is turning to mindless slaughter.......................

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#1450830 - 30/01/2018 05:15 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
Firepac Offline
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Stunning little Eastern Brown ~700mm I relocated from my daughters yard over the weekend.




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#1450867 - 30/01/2018 12:39 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
Mike Hauber Offline
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Originally Posted By: bundybear
I am getting cranky at these snakes. It is the babies giving me grief. I have what should be snake proof cages for my chickens. These naughty snakes are finding a way in. One has a tray for removing the poop. There is a gap that would be at best the width of my little finger at the tip. They must be getting in there then killing my chickens, decide the meal is too big, then leaving. If I can find these babies they will be relocated.

I don't mind sharing now and then with them but when it is turning to mindless slaughter.......................


I've seen a large carpet python in my chicken pen that I would have thought was large enough to eat one. But so far not yet. Maybe enough rats around that the chickens look like too much hassle.

I did see my chickens catch and eat a baby snake once. Very roughly 12 inches or so long, and took maybe 15 minutes of repeatedly catching the thing, thrashing it around, dropping it, chasing etc until finally it stopped its struggles. Then 15 minutes of one chicken with a snake hanging out of its beak being chased by the others, and the extended bit of snake slowly getting shorter.

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#1451074 - 31/01/2018 21:19 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
bundybear Offline
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The latest Mr Carpet was lucky we picked him up. Poor fella had a paralysis tick on his nose which we removed before releasing him. I have never seen a paralysis tick on our property before so hope they aren't going to become a regular thing.

The 1023 roos I have calling my paddocks home probably have something to do with them.

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#1451573 - 04/02/2018 21:39 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
bundybear Offline
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That is it. My patience is gone.
3, yes, 3 chickens done in by Miss Goldilocks carpet last night.
2 killed for no reason because they were too big for it to eat. The third fitted just nicely obviously. I probably should be grateful it did or Goldilocks would have just kept trying until she found the right fit.

I am going to have to start bringing chickens in at night. They aren't baby sized either, a month or so old.

And before anyone says I need to build a snake proof pen I have something similar to this. It is very little snakes that are getting in and doing the damage.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-large-size-198-75-103cm-Chicken-Coop-Hen-house-Chook-Hutch-Run-Cage-P001/230640426022?epid=1587939096&hash=item35b33d9c26:g:63cAAOSw7FRWZRwu

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#1451579 - 04/02/2018 21:58 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
samboz Offline
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Settle petal !! grin

Fine bird mesh tree/grapevine netting will stop them getting in, unfortunately they have trouble extricating from the netting.
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#1451581 - 04/02/2018 22:33 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: samboz]
bundybear Offline
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Originally Posted By: samboz
Settle petal !! grin

Fine bird mesh tree/grapevine netting will stop them getting in, unfortunately they have trouble extricating from the netting.



This is fine mesh. There is the tiniest little space between the litter tray and the wood body. Also another teeny tiny space where a door closes. I would be flat out putting my pinky finger beyond my first knuckle into the spaces.

All the wire on it is aviary type mesh. 1cm square at best.

I am going to have to go on a cage building spree. Double mesh to halve the space. Extra wood to close any gaps though not sure how I will go with that. Bloody snakes..............

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#1451706 - 05/02/2018 21:52 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
bundybear Offline
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Annnd another one. Similar size to the one I relocated today. How many darn juvenile carpet snakes can I have? Has every mature snake decided to drop a clutch of eggs next to my houseyard????

Seriously. This is beyond funny.

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#1451936 - 08/02/2018 21:12 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
bundybear Offline
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Registered: 28/12/2010
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This is rapidly becoming a very unfunny joke by mother nature. Went off to check on the cages contents tonight to find yet another sibling trying to find it's way in. These carpets are just lucky I don't believe in the common adage of the only good snake is a dead one.

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