like tfpets earlier in this thread, we also dealt with a skunk. I had just bought a beautiful young pair of porcelain and 5 young bantam cochins. Every morning, another one was dead. I assumed a racoon and moved the dog to that side of the yard. When Whiskey started his whining and barking I knew it was our night time visitor. I grabed the flashlight, the 22 and picked up a large stick as I made my way across the yard. I peeked in to the coop to see where the 'racoon' was and was shocked to see a skunk! I had no idea they would bother chickens. I didn't want to deal with the smell of spray so - no gun, no stick, but shining the light inside scared him off. We repaired the fencing the next day, but it was too late for most of the birds, including my porcelains.