SATURDAY EVENING POST
Things have been RATTLING around here this week.
|Can you spot the rattlesnake???|
While cleaning the chicken coop a few days ago, I spied a large rattlesnake nestled under an old milk crate that I use to prop open the door from the coop to the run.
|Here he is, minus most of his face... post shotgun blast!|
Yikes! I am so glad I was out there doing chores or I'd probably have lost a few hens that day. This is our third rattler in just two weeks. The biggest so far. It measured 49 inches long and had 6 buttons on the rattle. Sheesh.
|Jerry holding up the rattler.|
Jerry bought me a new wheeled weed trimmer this week, and that day I had whacked down weeds in the area behind the coop so maybe my noise/movement coaxed him out into the open and into my chicken run? Needless to say I am being very careful outside.
A family member gave me some snake chaps and I am wearing them every trip out to trim weeds. I am very thankful for them.
|This area will soon be my main goat compound. It's already seeded with a good forage pasture mix.|
Today I think I mowed down about a half acre of weeds and did not see a single snake. Thankfully. This area in the picture above will be fenced within the next two weeks and a small 8x10 goat barn will go up for my babies; just in time to bring home Lily of the Valley. Hooray!
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