BRAVE peahen!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by chicknmania, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    OMG, I came into the barn this evening and found Sweetpea challenging a skunk![​IMG] She was right up in the skunk's face, with her tail up, trying to chase skunkie away from their feeder! GAAAAAAAAH! Amazingly, (and fortunately for all of us in the immediate vicinity, chickens, peas, cats, and people included) the skunk did not spray her, but ignored her, lol! I heaved a couple water jugs at it from several yards away, and it eventually left....[​IMG].
     
  2. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool that skunk could have been dangerous to your fowl but was probably detoured by seeing that they aren't pushovers
     
  3. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    We had a skunk get into the chicken coop last spring and killed a few birds, damaged a couple of others. We were worried about rabies but the vet told us that birds do not get rabies, only mammals.
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Most likely been hanging around longer than you think [​IMG] you would be surprised what lurks around when you are away or when it is dark, get some trail cams and see [​IMG] I have all kinds of critters around here and keep a pack of dogs to keep them in check, and for as long as i have lived here and had birds i have never lost one to a skunk, coon or possum, lost some eggs here and there out in the fields but never a bird, i think caged birds are at the biggest risk because they can not get away.
     
  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    We have skunks around always. We've had a mother skunk have her babies in our barn for a few years. One time we had a baby skunk trapped in an empty manure bucket for several days before we realized he couldn't get out. We were able to safely tip the bucket over and he left. Yes, they can be a danger to chickens. Ours are fully aware of that, too. In our barn they can roost high, and even the ones who can't fly well can find a roost up off the floor. We have had a couple of casualties, one time years ago I found a broody dead beside her nest and a skunk in her body cavity. Gross. [​IMG] Another time we lost an aggressive rooster who apparently decided to challenge a skunk...the skunk sprayed him, then killed and ate him. That was years ago too. We lost a fledgling chick this past summer, one of my favs who couldn't fly well yet. I'm sure the skunk got her, she was used to the barn cats being around and not bothering her, she disappeared without a trace overnight. And we lost a broody bantam overnight too, she disappeared off her nest, not sure, since there were no signs of a struggle, but I think a skunk got her too. But generally the skunks leave the chickens alone, they're too much work to catch. They eat eggs and feed, but then they also eat rats and mice and bugs and carrion. So we tolerate them as it would be a never ending battle to try and eliminate them and they do provide a service of sorts. And baby skunks are awful cute. [​IMG] We have a trail cam and we've seen foxes, coons, skunks, deer, weasel, mink, rats, feral cats, possum, deer. Outside the barn. We count our blessings always every day the flock is ok. But the predators live here, too, and they have a space with us.
     
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  6. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    WEll, I hope so. I mean i hope that was why. Personally I think he was just laughing at her. I was. [​IMG] (after the danger was past!)
     
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    You must live out away from neighborhoods, after reading the predator and pest section it has occurred to me that the folks that live out were critters live off the land seem to have less deaths verses the city critters that live off people leftovers and pet foods are the ones that have the most problems with pest .
    I have never had to dispatch wild critters here we all seem to get along just fine, the yotes will randomly come threw mabe once or twice a year but they are always dected and run off, guess they figured it ain't worth dieing for or at the very least getting injured where they can not hunt

    . had a fox come bebopping along the ridge a couple weeks ago in my wooded area i could see him threw the trees as the sun was rising and so could my dogs he got escorted to his hole and those dogs dug and checked on that hole all threw the day,
     
  8. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    We live in very remote area of Kansas and enjoy our close contact with deer and turkeys so we don't have any dogs. I rely on trapping and shooting our varmints.

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    The live traps are set 365 and rifles are at the ready 24/7. We free range over 100 birds and rarely loose any except the broody guineas and we have too many of them anyway. Never lost a pea to a predator, only one that wondered off the dam* guineas chased away. I have agreed to let a professional trapper come out in a couple of weeks when season opens to trap out any game he can get so we will see how well I have been doing. Yotes have been getting louder lately and I know there are some bobs out there too. I guess it is all about what system works for you or what losses you are willing to accept in your aviary. Dad used to say, "Do what you want, you will anyway". [​IMG]
     
  9. AnimalsRmyLife

    AnimalsRmyLife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hooray for Sweetpea!!! Such a brave girl! Lucky for all that skunk knew to leave her alone.
     
  10. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hahaha. Yes, we live in the country. We are lucky in that we have very few problems with predators, considering they are all around us, we live in the woods and have farm fields, woods, and wetlands all near. Not that we don't have any casualties, but we concentrate on discouraging, rather than trapping and killing, as we enjoy the wildlife. That's why we live here. It works pretty well, most of the time.
     
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