There was a Gunsmoke episode about Doc getting snake bit and Festus doing exactly that!Not exactly, but I have read rattlesnake bites were treated by killing a chicken and wrapping the warm body around the bite to draw the poison out. I'm not sure how well that worked. And I agree with @Nathanb1, Sharyn McCrumb's novels are terrific!
@risha , I'm not sure I welcomed you aboard when you joined. I'm so glad you found the Mid-19th Century forum!