Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Paris, TN
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Two sides of the chicken house are screened only. So the other hens see the little chick already. I guess I am soon going to have to let the Mama out with the rest in the day time. My husband thinks it would be fine to let them both out now. I know from my childhood that there was always a hen with a lot of little chicks around her. The hen would flog anything that threatened the chicks. We have been off the farm to long though. I don't want to take a chance with the little one. We took down the fencing and let them roam all the back yard so there is no protection from Josie Wales either or Rosie for that matter. So four months it is.
A chicken snake is a nonvenomous big snake that takes several forms. Some are called corn snakes, some look and act like rattle snakes and can scare you to death. But they grow big maybe 6 feet and even though they can't eat the hen, they can the baby chicks and eggs. Several years ago, we had a hen and several chicks in a wire crate. The next day the chicks were gone and the hen was dead in the crate. The snake had constricted the hen and swallowed the chicks. I hate them and we kill everyone we find--no capturing and turning loose somewhere else. The only good snake is a dead one as far as I am concerned.