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Must be my lucky day, just finished mowing my lawn, kind of a bit long and dryish thanks to Level 1 Water Restrictions here, and while mowing it I heard crunchy, sloppy noise coming from the mower, I had run over and the mower had neatly sliced and diced a Mulga snake ( very venomous btw,) about 2' 6" long that must have hiding the long grass.
Within minutes of finishing the mowing my 'supposedly vegetarian chickens were onto the pieces and happily devouring them with great relish.
I think I'll make certain I don't die while cleaning their coup from now on.

Triphid 8 Jan 31

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I'd say it IS your lucky day! Well done.


Who told you chickens were vegetarians? Very few birds are...

Well the feed I buy for them says it's 'meat free' pellets, maybe that's just to keep the Vegans/Vegies happy and buying eggs...LOL.

@Triphid They will be healthier & egg shells stronger if they get a bit of straight is what my family used on their annual 200+ chicken farm to supplement the dairy income.

@AnneWimsey When I can go fishing, and the river water isn't full of toxic Blue Green Algae and killing the fish, we usually catch an average of 1 decent edible native fish to every 10 disgusting, feral, imported European Carp, I keep a few carp to give to the chickens, they strip the carp clean and then devour the bones, etc, at the moment they are getting regular amounts of Shell-grit because there are no carp safe enough to use.

@Triphid carp bones =excellent source of calcium. Sorry to hear about the pollution....


You have a fair number of venomous snakes over where you are. I guess you have to watch your step and be cautious a bit more then in the US.

most snakes out my way usually stay away from towns and cities but because of the drought they seem to coming into town a bit more due to the shortage of water and food out in the bush.
Mulga snakes are the real wanders though, small compared to most others, a light greyish silver in colour, averaging about 3 to feet long and pretty nasty and venomous for their size, it's the second one I've had in my yard in 18 years, not a bad run I think.

@Triphid Do you notice many people getting bit , or does everyone kind of organically know to stay away from the snakes there?

We've had no snakes since St. Patrick did the honours centuries ago. I was fascinated by the little grassnakes in Washington State. The big guys you deal with are very scary.

@brentan Okay, they call that a Mulga Snake, out here we still call it a King Brown, what we call a Mulga Snake is much smaller, about 3 feet in length, light greyish silver in colour and they inhabit stands of mulga, especially dead mulga where they can crawl up inside to attack bird nests, white ants, lizards, etc.
The one that was sliced and diced today by the lawnmower is often called a Saltbush or Spinafex Snake by the really Old Timer Bushies out this way as well.

@Triphid Either way, it a good thing not to bet bit.

@creative51 We also get Red-bellied Black Snakes, about 1.5 - 2 metres long and very nasty as well as highly venomous, Yellow-bellied Black Snakes about the same as their cousins, Eastern Browns, fairly shy but dangerous when cornered, Fierce Snakes, real nasty buggers ( keep clear of those at ALL costs, numerous non-venomous species including my favourite pet as a child, the Desert Python, had one from a hatchling that grew to about 2.5 metres long and was as friendly as any pet dog, plus the sand goannas who will actually climb up your body when cornered and their claws can and do often rip chunks out of your skin as they climb but they are non-venomous as well.


Chickens are omnivores. Just like humans and pigs.

You're telling me, I've seen mine grab small lizards, grasshoppers, snails and even pick clean the bones my dog used to leave laying around.

@Triphid Yeah, so many people just make false assumptions based on not much of anything. You know, instead of actually checking to find out the facts.


I was about to chew you out for bragging about being able to mow. But I looked and saw you are in Australia....and it’s summer. It was 21 BELOW zero Fahrenheit this morning where I live.


Do you guys have something you can buy that acts as an antidote if you are bitten?

They can pray to god!

Rough to be an Australian atheist!

Yeah, antivenom is available at the hospital, a quick phone call and the ambulance will come and get.
If you're out in the bush for any length of time it's always advisable to carry a phial of polyvalent antivenom in the first aid kit as well though.

@creative51 Why waste time praying when there is no god, just put a pressure bandage on the wound area and get help asap, BUT most of all DON"T PANIC.


Chooks eat anything. They love grass hoppers, I used to catch them for mine. They love fish bones.

Mine even pick clean the bones left over after I've roasted a chicken for myself, I just chuck the bones into their coup and it's like watching a school of piranhas.

@Triphid yep, a bit like goats. Eat anything.

@powder Almost, they haven't started eating my laundry as yet, but they manage to almost strip one of my nectarine trees of fruit though, I hope they get a bloody HUGE belly ache for their efforts.

@Triphid should be good eggs

@powder Should be but the heat has stopped them from laying at the moment unfortunately.

@Triphid bugga

@powder Yeah, normally in the cooler weather I average out about 10 - 14 eggs per week from my 8 hens and I usually give them away to families I know that are doing things tough.


I am pretty sure my cat would be fine with me dying somewhere she can reach.

DrT Level 4 Jan 31, 2019

That's one of the many reasons why I don't have a cat or cats.

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