Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I know this has nothing to do with weight loss or fitness...but it sure helps keep life interesting.
We have about 25 chickens. We have a ten nest box mounted on the wall in the coop. Three days ago, the snake that occasionally visits to steal eggs, tried to slither through one of the ventilation holes...and got stuck.
My husband figured that the snake would digest whatever he had eaten and would go on his way. NOPE...today when I checked, snake was still stuck and not looking too great. He had to be getting dehydrated. Chickens were avoiding the nestboxes...we only got five eggs for a couple of days..only got ONE today.
So, now came the rescue attempts. Bruce tried pulling the snake on through...in both directions. I tried lubricating the snakes body at the point of "stuck" with mineral oil..hoping that since this is edible, it wouldn't damage or hurt the snake. I can't fault the snake for being a snake and doing what he was created to do. I would prefer, of course, if he did his grocery shopping elsewhere!
Bruce decided to try cutting the metal of the nesting box wall. First attempt..with electric blade was awful..throwing sparks and terrifying the snake AND me!
Next we tried metal cutters..which eventually worked..and Bruce could bend the metal back. Poor snake was NOT happy with all this attention, but finally, we got him loose. As he cleared the hole, Bruce managed to grab him...to relocate him down at the barn where hopefully he will feast on rodents instead of our eggs.
Snake is not dead here..though probably exhausted and not happy. Bruce took him down to the barn following the (fast) photo session.
This last one is not snake related...I took a photo of the two pots of lavender growing by the garage.