Beware Of Tunneling Skunks!!! (Graphic Pictures)

pyaresquared

Hatching
Oct 17, 2020
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Just wanted to post, to warn you all about skunks being able to tunnel into your chicken runs.
View attachment 2412145 I lost my New Hampshire pullet today due to it. I have a trap set with the carcass.
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I put my coop on a 12” deep concrete footing to prevent this. It also allowed me to anchor the coop, which has very wide overhangs, against our sometimes strong winds. I built my daughters coop on 6x6 sleepers, without a footing, but I stretched galvanized hardware cloth across the bottom of the sleepers to prevent subterranean intruders.
 

birddog456

Chirping
Sep 3, 2014
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We are sorry for your loss, never easy to lose one any way, but especially to a free loading predator. Just baffled by a few that question the fact that
A - You caught the perpetrator
B - It left olfactory evidence
C - You caught a second one...
...I agree with the way you disposed of the issue, even though others may not. Perhaps they would think different if they walked in you shoes. Had you relocated them, they could have become someone else’s same problem...unless you have someone you would wish that problem upon.
 

MysteryChicken

Free Ranging
May 31, 2018
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We are sorry for your loss, never easy to lose one any way, but especially to a free loading predator. Just baffled by a few that question the fact that
A - You caught the perpetrator
B - It left olfactory evidence
C - You caught a second one...
...I agree with the way you disposed of the issue, even though others may not. Perhaps they would think different if they walked in you shoes. Had you relocated them, they could have become someone else’s same problem...unless you have someone you would wish that problem upon.
I haven't caught the second one yet. I think it left to find a different food source. No new digging around the coop.
 

lightspeed

In the Brooder
Aug 15, 2020
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We lost one to a skunk this year too. Another tidbit of info... they can also fit through a chain link fence. Went right through like a kitten - we had to wrap our kennel with chicken wire.
sorry for your loss. You might get some hate, but I agree kill it. It will keep coming back for more.
I know welded wire is harder to work with than chicken wire, but it will definitely keep predators out. I have no carpentry experience whatsoever, but I built a sturdy coop and two Priefert Dog kennels (10X10) and placed the coop inside one of the kennels....leaving the other kennel for foraging for my chickens. I coveredthe top, sides, and perimeter with welded wire. It is hard but it works. 😋
 

Angelique123456

In the Brooder
Sep 8, 2020
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Yes, it was. I knew there was something digging around the area, & found poop everywhere so I originally thought raccoons. Then yesterday I found the dead chicken, & a tunnel in the chicken yard. We then thought about the possibility of a badger. But then we started smelling skunk, & located the smell. It was coming from the shed half of the coop.
Glad we caught that stinker.
Oh sorry to hear that kill the skunk...
 

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