are skunks bad predators?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Tala, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Do you guys consider skunks to be a serious threat?
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    If they can get to a bird they will take the advantage of the 'free meal'. They are not normally a predator that will work hard for a chicken dinner the first time, but once they get a taste they will keep at it.

  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:That was my view of them, but I figured yall would have more experience.
  5. grandads

    grandads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2008
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I just had to ask

  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Yes and no. Skunks are omnivores and opportunists. Given an opening they will take a chicken, especially a chick, as they are, after-all, members of the weasel family.
  8. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    Okarche Oklahoma
    Quote:I agree with woodmort. Skunks are blamed for alot of the situations other predators do. Skunks are a very slow animal this doesnt mean they cant run it means there slow and pokey. I believe as a friend told me skunks are blamed for alot of the racoons stuff as a racoon is quick and witty its gone at the first trace of movment yet the skunk lingers trying to eat the left overs and is caught in the ""Act"" they are very Opportunistic, But I notice here on the farm they dont bother to much exept the trash pit.
  9. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2009
    Franklinton, NC
    I have a resident skunk around the garden. I've never seen him but I can smell him in the morning. Never bothered the chickens or anything else so he can wander at night in the garden and eat bugs and frogs.
    Live and let coop is secure.
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    The only problem I've ever had with a skunk was when I had a female duck that insisted on nesting in a pit in front of the chicken coop--first lost all her eggs then something killed her--although the latter may well have been a coon. Skunks can move fast, they just choose not to as there aren't too many animals that will challenge them--that may be why they appear dead on the road so often.

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