Are skunks considered predator?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bauk_Bauk, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Bauk_Bauk

    Bauk_Bauk Out Of The Brooder

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    We've seen racoons, a fox in our backyard.

    Last night was the first time we've seen a Skunk!
    My chick is in a pet carrier at night in the garage, safe.
    I'm almost afraid to put her out in a coop now!
    Her coop and run aren't done yet.
    I let her free range during the day and put in the carrier at night.
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    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Skunks are occasionally considered predators. They aren't a popular problem, not like coons or fox, but they have been known to occasionally feed on chickens or eggs. I wouldn't put the chick in her new run until it is completely done!

    -Kim
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If they can get into the coop and the nest boxes are low, they will eat all of your eggs. They take them right out from under a broody hen also.

    As a youngster we trapped plenty of skunks and sent them on their smelly way back to their Maker.
     
  4. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a little one that hangs around my pens at night and I can walk right up to it, has no need to be scared. All of my birds are secure and I welcome the extra set of eyes watching over while I sleep. My main problem is dogs and a friendly skunk hanging around is a good deterrent.
     
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Quote:He might be friendly while he is little, but it will get big. They can and do kill chickens.
     
  6. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES!!!!!
    Remove it! They will definately kill your chickens. I have only lost 1 chicken to a predator and it was to a skunk! Plus they can cary rabies and other diseases.
     
  7. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pens are 2x2x1/4 angle iron and 1/8" expanded metal, unless he can run the torch on the welding truck they wiill be fine. They are called secure parts bins from Govliquidation and modified. [​IMG]
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  8. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is quite the pen. The only predator you have to worry getting into those things are two legged!

    Bears might be able to shove it or push it, but unless the latch breaks, I think you are good from any type of predator.

    -Kim
     
  9. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um , where did you say you got that, I want one.
     
  10. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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