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Found skunk in chicken house ~ Do they kill chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by RoosterPecked, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. RoosterPecked

    RoosterPecked Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had 2 chickens in the last week killed, one in the chicken run and the other found in the chicken house. Both times their necks were eaten and the entrails pulled out of the backside. I have been lacking egg production for about 2 weeks now and blamed it on the stress of the trauma of having their feathered friends killed. Last night when I went to check on my beloved hens there was a skunk inside the hen house. I know skunks love eggs and now I feel that is what is happening to my eggs but could the skunk be also killing my hens? Before last night I was thinking weasel. Any advise? [​IMG]

    Thanks,
    RoosterPecked
     
  2. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
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    Yes skunks do kill chickens. You can see them on the predators section of the learning center on this site. And [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

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    Yes, what you described the Skunk DID. They do go for the eggs but they are a carnivore. Eggs are easier for them but if the chicken is in their sights they will kill to eat and when they are done eating they will kill just to be killing.

    Best of luck.

    CDA
     
  4. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Welcome and Yes!!! Skunks will eat chickens and birds and rodents and what ever else they can get a hold of at the time of being hungry...Please get rid of it permanently, but very carefully...
     
  5. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, kill it
     
  6. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    skunks are relatives of ferrets and weasels, and will kill your chickens
     
  7. Black Cochin Bantams

    Black Cochin Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to catch skunks in years past and they were quite easy to catch. I used a live trap and baited it with dry cat food. Yes I caught the neighbors cats but easily released it. After they are in the cage cover the cage with a tarp or old blanket. They did not spray. I would recommend wearing heavy leather gloves when moving the cage. I have found that they can be released at least 5 miles from my home and they didn't come back. I also found that they don't spray if drowned while still in cage. Shooting it will probably make the area smell for quite some time.
     
  8. The Yakima Kid

    The Yakima Kid Cirque des Poulets

    Quote:In many states it is illegal to transport and release wild animals because they may carry diseases and parasites into areas that are not already infected. Toss a tarp over, and drop the trap, skunk, dry ice, and water in the barrel. This will suffocate them. Nitrogen is even better and it simply puts them out and they don't struggle or suffer.
     
  9. Black Cochin Bantams

    Black Cochin Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In many states it is illegal to transport and release wild animals because they may carry diseases and parasites into areas that are not already infected. Toss a tarp over, and drop the trap, skunk, dry ice, and water in the barrel. This will suffocate them. Nitrogen is even better and it simply puts them out and they don't struggle or suffer.

    The local commercial critter gitter has to by law release them. He can not euthanize them legally unless it is during fur bearer season.
     
  10. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Use veggies or fruit in the trap to avoid catching the neighbor's cat then SSS!
     

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