Are skunks a problem around the coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by UK Chicken rancher, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. UK Chicken rancher

    UK Chicken rancher Out Of The Brooder

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    We've already lost half our flock to a coyote so we're a little gun shy. Obviously we don't want a skunk hanging around anyway but are they a predator to chickens or eggs? Thanx for your imput!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Yes, skunks are predators to both chickens and their eggs.
     
  3. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Skunks are pretty benign; they may go for eggs that are relatively accessible but unlikely that they would go for the birds.

    I stand corrected! Sounds like folks have had instances with them taking birds. bummer.
     
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  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

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    Yes - they will go for your birds, too. I had one take out most of my flock last year.
     
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Lost most of my quail to them.......................
     
  6. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know if they're officially carnivors, but they will eat chickens and eggs.
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I've seen them eat eggs and chickens.

    little stinkers....
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Skunks are the same family(Mustelidae) as weasels, badgers, wolverines, mink and otters--they will eat what they can get and if that's birds and eggs they can be a predator.
     
  9. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 92 year old mom tells a story about a fuss in the hen house and my Gramma going to check it out... only to have a skunk run out between her legs... still makes me laugh. [​IMG]

    Oh the answer to your question (as others have attested too) is "yes". [​IMG]
     
  10. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Yes, and like a weasel they will kill just to be killing if they get in the chicken house. We had one do just that years ago.
     

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