Thursday, June 19, 2014

Which came first?

I taught a class for the Chamber of Commerce today at the local college. It was a small class, but we had fun learning how to build a simple website. Some of the chores I normally do before sunrise, I put off until this evening.
This past week we weren't getting the number of eggs we normally get. I thought the chickens were probably on strike for better scratch feed or cooler water, but this evening I got to the bottom of the mystery.
A chicken snake well over six-feet long was in the nest and had one of the eggs in its mouth. I reached for my phone to snap a photo but the snake spied me, spit out the egg and made a hasty retreat.
I grabbed him by the tail and tried to pull it out, but it had lodged itself into a crack near the top of the nest and he wasn't giving up the fight. He was a lot stronger that I realized.
He did escape, but I'll have my eye on the nest. If we can't live in harmony without him getting my eggs, he'll go for a ride to the other end of the county.
But in this case, I think the answer to the modified age-old question: "Which comes first, the chicken snake or the egg?" The answer is obvious.


6 comments:

  1. I am glad you wrote that you would give him a ride out to the other end of the country rather than the alternative that others would have chosen. You have a good heart Rick!

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  2. I'm glad that you found out why you were getting fewer eggs. I'm not a fan of snakes even though I wasn't afraid of them when I was a young girl but my mom was terrified of them.

    That is a long snake to deal with. I hope you have a plan to catch it. I'm sure there are others around.
    JB

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  3. I had never heard of a chicken snake until now...I guess we learn something new everyday! I hope your able to get him.

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  4. My goodness!!! I had no idea such things existed!!! And you grabbed it with your bare hands??

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  5. Hey Rick, I think I might cause a ruckus as we have Rattle snakes... We don't transport them anywhere. They get the alternative. Don't mess with my chickens! And the egg came first silly; or wait maybe it was the chicken. It was the snake in the Garden that started this whole out of order thing any whoo...
    Roxy

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  6. hahaha I'd have him in my frying pan lol
    Just kiddin Eating my eggs would have consequences!
    You were brave to try to catch him.
    I'd have a net hanging to drop on him. Come to think of it I don't hear my neighbors rooster any more.

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