Went out to pick up eggs this morning after feeding breakfast. One of our hens favorite places to lay is a (clean) plastic converted trash can filled with straw. This morning there was only one egg in the can. When I reached down to get it, I noticed a weird patch of black and white fur and realized it was a skunks tail sticking out of the straw; the skunk was asleep. Soo..I thought..well, i'll just wait til the skunk leaves for theevening, then move the can for a few days. I was a little concerned about the hens, but, it seemed they knew the skunk was there as they'd been laying in other nest places; just one egg in the straw. But, as I watched in horror, a hen we call Shadow jumed onto the can edge, getting ready to lay her egg. NoNO! I whispered, trying to shoo her away. She ignored me, jumped in, and STOOD on the skunk for several minutes as she thought about laying! No response from the skunk. IThen Shadow sat down. After a few minutes, she decided something definitely wasn't right, and got out again. Stood on the can edge raising cain. Then she calmed down, jumped in again, and sat in a part of tthe can unoccupied by the skunk, where she laid her egg, then left. I did, too. Later, I came back to find both eggs gone. Room service. :/ When I came back in the evening, hoping to find the skunk gone, I found her gone alright...and a burrow full of baby skunks in the straw!