Posted by Rowena on 4/19/06
On 4/17/06, MKay wrote:
> I found this at the Dept for Game and Fisheries website..
> "Snakes will stay in an area only if appropriate food and
> shelter are present. If you eliminate these, snakes will
> leave. Thus, if you wish to discourage snakes from inhabiting
> your yard, try the following:
Actually, the chicken idea is a good one. I used to raise layers
and fryers. Rats and mice were attracted to the chicken feed,
and thus snakes followed. I found that chickens are actually
carnivorous (sp?). They would eat any nest of baby mice or rats
they could find, and if they found a snake, oh my gosh! It was
like they had gone pyscho!! They would gang up on it and
actually fight each other to get at it. After about 3 months, I
didn't have any bugs, rodents or snakes in the barn at all!!
If you have the room to let a rooster and two or three hens run
about outside your aviary, it's definitely a good idea and safer
then chemicals to boot.