Sunday, August 9, 2009

Late Night Visitors

We got in later than anticipated last night, and I went straight down to the barn to milk. When I turned on the light, I saw a blacksnake curled up by the feed bag.
But, undaunted, I started milking Tuscany. The snake decided to get up on the stanchion, so I was bonking him back down with a rake handle, finally got the better of him, and he zoomed out the open door. When he left, I saw another blacksnake outside!
Double yuck.
Then I saw a weird animalish thing hanging from the eaves of the barn when I went to check on a goat, so I sent Big Dan to investigate. Guess what it was?
Yep, a third snake. We know it was a third because the other two also slithered around while Big Dan was down there.
In the top photo is the upper snake, and below is a snake in the barn, eating an egg.
I was going to sprinkle moth balls around, but heard that they don't work. We thought of buying Snake Away, but I decided to just be careful of snakes instead.
I have the daughters doing the barn chores tonight. Can't be more careful than that.


  1. Weird, I saw two black snakes yesterday too. Not in the chicken and goat barn though. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.

  2. A couple of years ago I came into the house and a black snake was slithering down the stairs - inside the house. He disappeared behind a piece of furniture near the front door. when Ann came home there were 2 black snakes on the steps outside - mating. She got rid of them. She is the brave sister. A couple of days later there was one climbing up the outside of the front door. I was by myself and it was night time so I called the sheriff's dept. LOL A guy came. He was afraid of the snake. He called for backup! By now the snake was going up a tree. and there were 5 deputies outside! Only one tried to get the snake, the others were standing around commenting. Eventually snake was caught and i don't know what they did with it - I didn't want to know.

  3. That reminds me of David duct-taping a flashlight to our 22 and shooting a snake, mid-egg, saying, "Suck on this!"

    Nice pics!