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Ducks got sprayed by a skunk!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kevomxracer, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Kevomxracer

    Kevomxracer Out Of The Brooder

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    A few days ago I noticed a smell of skunk from my duck pen. And now it's raining here in CT. And the skunk smell is horrible. What can I do to get rid of the smell? And possibly wash my ducks off? Any help?!?!
     
  2. Campine

    Campine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never heard of that one before, must have been a rather insecure skunk, Typically they only spray when threatened. I'd be afraid that any kind of washing with soap would remove the oil from the ducks and be more detremental to them than the stink. If they have a washtub or something I'd guess they'd gradually clean themselves. On the plus side it might keep any other predators from wanting to eat them.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Have you posted over in the duck thread? Maybe someone there has had that happen and can offer advice. Good luck!
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use Dawn to wash a duck but I don't know that you would be able to get rid of the skunk smell with it. Search for something that is usable on dogs and you may be able to use it to clean the ducks. I'd just take extra care that the product is either non-toxic or that you are extremely careful in washing them that they don't drink the water.
     
  5. Kevomxracer

    Kevomxracer Out Of The Brooder

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    Ya. I was thinking use dawn soap also. But every time they're in water they drink it. And they are very skiddish and don't like to be picked up. So this is gonna he a challenge. Cause what I've been doing is giving them fresh clean water a few times a day. Hoping they will clean themselves and the smell will go away
     
  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah and here is the problem that those of us that don't handle their ducks all the time deal with. [​IMG]

    I'd have the same problem. You may be able to find something that you can add that will not hurt them but I don't know what that would be. I know there is the old wive's tale about bathing in tomato juice to get rid of the smell. I don't know if that really works but if it actually does you could get some for them to splash around in.
     

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