WARNING: Pictures below!
When we put the baby chicks inside the coop, Vince boarded up the entrance to the laying boxes because they love to get in there and sleep and then they don’t want to stop doing that that. The laying boxes are for laying . . not camping out.
The coop was as clean as it gets and all we needed to do was put he pine shavings in but before putting the chickens back inside, Vince decided it was time to take the boards off the laying box entrance.
Once he opened the outside door to the laying boxes, he was quite surprised to see a snake in there. There haven’t been eggs in there for a couple of years! I think these chickens are big enough that the rat snakes won’t kill them but . . maybe not.
(Excuse my finger in front of the camera. I was having to hold the door open. I guess we both forgot there’s a hinge thing on this coop that holds the door up. Vince is using the handy dandy snake grabber to get it out.
It’s a rat snake and normally, they’re not bad to have around but this year, we are totally overrun with them. They’re eating eggs, they’ve killed one bigger chicken, one baby chicken, eaten 7 eggs that were about a week from hatching and no telling how many eggs they’ve consumed. We’ve seen 12 snakes, only three were rattlesnakes . . but this is still June. I would be happy if we don’t see another one but I know that is not how it’s going to be.