Weell... *settles back in rocking chair*
Went out to close the chickens up one night, did the usual head count, checked for eggs, and started back. I was hurrying, because it was dark, (and cold) so I just opened the coop door to go out without thinking. THEN.... I quickly grabbed the doorframe, and stopped. There, 3 inches from my foot, was a family of 3 skunks. I came THIS close to steppin on em:
Unfortonatly, at that time I had not yet installed an indoor handle. The nearest skunk looked up at me with it's bright, shiny eyes, unafraid, and tried to slip past me into the coop!
I pulled the door closed with my fingers, and hoped very very hard they would not try and pry it open. After 20 seconds I carefully opened it, saw the coast was clear, and quickly got back to the house.
I aint too skeered of skunks, but if I had stepped on that trio I would have gotten a triple load of skunk spray right in the face....
my friend had a similar experience in his newly built coop. Locking chicks up saw a skunk coming towards him closed the door which promptly locked him in the coop. He watched in fear as the skunk slowly made its way back out of the run. Had to crawl out of a small window in the coop. He's 6'4"
Really glad you did not get sprayed.