Just to update the "danger" post from yesterday, here is a picture of the black widow from this morning. Check out all her newborns! They hatched out overnight. Mike says to just let them die in the bottle, but I want to kill them quickly. But I'm a-feared of opening the bottle! Shiver me timbers...
And there was one more interesting creature I came upon today when I was in the chicken house checking the bird's drinking water. I have a fan in the coop to keep the air moving around on our hot, muggy days and the birds love to sit in front of it to cool off. While checking the water, the fan started making a horribly loud flapping sound, sending the chickens running outside in a panic, wings a-flapping. Dang, I thought, there must be a fan-belt that broke or something, though I didn't think cheap window fans had fan-belts. Well, without my glasses on there was something that looked like a black, broken fan-belt when the blades were still moving. But upon closer inspection, Sophie and I saw that it wasn't a fan-belt at all:
It was a little black rat snake. At least, I'm quite that's what it was, after doing some research.
Poor little guy... the fan-blades cut it pretty badly on one side so I decapitated it with a shovel to put it out of its misery. Black rat snakes eat small rodents and eggs and probably little chicks too, but if he was alive I'd have handled him since he couldn't hurt me. They are constrictor snakes so wrap around and suffocate their prey. I guess he smelled the chickens and was looking for breakfast this morning, though he was too small to do any damage since the chickens are too big for him and there are no eggs yet. I knew those little openings left in the coop would allow a snake to get in!
Okay, that's it for the "creepy, crawly" pictures for now... next post will be filled with cuteness overload.