Ward House

Of coops and snakes

IMG_1449This weekend was eventful.  Construction of the coop is complete … except for the ‘roof’ of the coop.  My  question is what is the best way to cover this coop?  It measures roughly 20’x15’; the current wire stands 4’ tall.  My concern at the moment is feral cats climbing into the run during the day.  The chickens will be locked into the coop in the evenings.  This is a wIMG_1456ooded run so the ‘ceiling’ will be challenging.  Thoughts?

The excitement from today was the neighbor had a snake in her shop.  Freaked her out.  At the time we were unsure of what type of snake this was.  It coiled up as much as it could on the sill and it’s little tail sounded like a rattle, though there were no rattles on it (odd, yes).  We ended up having to kill it so it would leave the chickens alone.  As it turns out this was a black rat snake.  *sighs*  Wish I could have let it live; keeps the mice and poisonous snakes away.


I feel bad.


June 28, 2010 - Posted by | Chickens, self sufficiency | , , ,


  1. Hi Annette ~ We had a huge black snake in the chicken coop last week too , Dh killed it also. I don’t like to kill black snakes either , but this one had eaten a plastic egg that I keep in the nest , so he would have died anyway. I keep a plastic egg in the nest to help the hens lay , it shows them were to lay and since they like to lay were there’s another egg , they always go to the nest with the egg. I remember my Grand Mother using those ceramic door knobs in her nest back in the days. The plastic egg will also let you know if you have a snake sneaking in to get the eggs , because if the plastic egg goes missing , you’ll know there’s a snake visiting the coop.
    That’s the wrost part of having chickens , the snakes will find those eggs. I had told Mr. Sneaky Snake he would be fine if he didn’t come into the coop , but of course he didn’t listen. I was willing to give the guinea eggs up to him , but not the chicken eggs too. He just got to greedy (LOL).

    ~ Many Blessings ~

    Comment by JoyceAnn | June 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Good idea on the plastic egg – I’ll find one! As for the snake, well, one cannot reason with greed! =)

      Comment by Annette | June 29, 2010 | Reply

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