nightly skunk visit

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bakerjw, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the chicklets in the upper level of my garage but the heat has become unbearable and I was forced to put them into a temporary covered run outside of our bedroom window. It is a welded wire run with hardware cloth around the bottom with 4 strands of electric fencing around the perimeter. Something will take a good zap if it tries to get into the run. Even with the precautions I've had a rifle with mounted flashlight readily available at the first sign of trouble. Sleeping lightly while waiting for any sounds of distress has also made for a few tired days at work.

    Well this morning around 2:30 or so we had a skunk visit us. It has happened before but not since I've had the chicklets out in the open. I looked out briefly to see 5 WLs and 5 SSs dozing on their roost without a care on the world. And no skunk to be seen. Just smelled.

    Anyone ever have any problems with skunks?
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Not this year. I have had a family living nearby for years, but I think they must have succumbed to something over the winter because for the first time in years we have no skunks around. I never really had any problems with them other than the obvious nuisance of dealing with a sprayed dog. My chickens were never bothered by them at all. Admittedly, I also have a secure house and run to protect my birds, so the skunks weren't able to get to them. The skunks were mostly interested in the feed that was scattered around.
     
  3. mickistoy

    mickistoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    being a trapper i can say one thing for sure.....corn of any kind especially popcorn will draw a skunk in fast. also dont believe any of the old wives tales....even if you shoot a skunk in the head....it STILL sprays! so be absolutly sure you need to shot prior to pulling the trigger! and yes that is the voice of experience talking there [​IMG]
     
  4. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's not harassing any of the chickens then it will be left alone. Worst case it'll get stung with a BB once or twice. I stung a raccoon that was up in our mulberry tree (dropping berries on our tin roof at 2:00 AM) and it never came back.
     
  5. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can purchase dehydrated fox urine. It comes in a powder. It is not cheap, but it stopped my frequent skunk visits. You spread in in a paremeter around the area you want them to avoid.
     

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