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I have the ideal conditions for snakes around my place. Lots of cover...plenty of small critters...etc!!

I've been losing half my eggs for the last couple of weeks. I've caught the culprit twice, but as I have tried to get him into a bucket...he gets away. My bad both times. I'm not as agile as I used to be!! He sneaks in so quickly and grabs an egg, it is frustrating. Luckily, the last few days two of my hens have decided to lay outside the coop. Utility trailer and back of my truck. lol I should have known something was up when I lost all 7 of my fake eggs over about athree week period. I not found any of those eggs yet. Whatever got them had to regurgitate them somewhere.

That cannot keep happening though. They need to lay in the nesting boxes. I don't want to kill him but will if I have to. He IS FAST!!

Here is when I caught him last week. By the time I got my grabber and back to the coop, he was GONE. I tried a gloved hand catch a week earlier, but he IS slippery!! I almost had him in a bucket twice...but once he hits the concrete or starts making it up the chain link, he is gone.

Wood Fluid Reptile Water Gas


Here is one I had last year when I had a couple of girls that were laying inside my well pump house. I got him to spit this out and he moved into a high area of grass around a Sycamore tree. I had some stuff stacked ournd it and the grass had gotten tall. It has since been cleaned and mowed regularly and not seen him since.

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I hope to catch the new guy soon if I can.
 

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A fence charger is your friend. String two wires, one hot and one ground in places he has to travel.

HERE is an outfit that can answer questions and undoubtedly have experience in exactly what you have. A matt or screen or fabric might be the best bet.

North of me 15 miles is a 'factory farm' that looks like the ever present spud cellars and big tractor sheds. It's a metal building 50 x 200 feet with no doors or windows visible and one employee car in the lot. They produce 6,000 chickens a week on two floors. Last year, a weasel got in. It took weeks to find the hole.
Right now I cannot spend any extra money on the coop. It is already quite nice and mostly predator proof, but snakes can get in through the chain link that runs on top and some other areas. It is buried in the ground about two inches right against the concrete slab. It is about 8' X 50' and quite nice. Someone on Backyard chickens called it the "Taj Mahal" of chicken coops. :D My hens are pretty regular in their laying, but I cannot run out every 30 minutes to check eggs. I did get all eggs today, but was one short yesterday and have been losing 1-2 every day for a couple of weeks. I think this snake also knows their schedule. :D

More fake eggs.... I don't think the snakes survive those. Caught one leaving the coop with two 'lumps' in it a while back. There was the yolk from a real egg in between.
I've heard they can regurgitate them. I really don't know. I do know I lost 7 of them over about a month period startin around the first of May. They are pretty cheap thogh. Will look into getting more.
 
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Why catch him? just buy some snake shot and end it for him.;)
I have plenty of 22 LR and 22 MAG rat shot and believe me the thought has crossed my mind but Rat Snakes provide a service too. Just not an egg a day service. :D I will admit to carrying one of my 22 Pistols with me with a few rounds of Rat Shot in the top of the magazine just in case.

I would rather catch it and move it if I can. He is pretty elusive though. As others have noted, there are quite a few beneficial snakes around here. We have Speckled King Snakes, Prairie King Snakes and some other Milk Snakes plus the various water snakes. I haven't killed a snake in better than 25 years and don't plan on it unless threatened (or my egg count goes south from here). lol

It is DRY here lately. I left early this morning and caught an Armadillo splashing itself out of my outside chicken watering trough. Things are tough all over.
 
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