Skunk digging, best barrier?

RedOkra

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 25, 2011
15
0
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I found a hole outside of my chicken coop the other morning, with a perfect footprint. I thought it might be a raccoon but after reading a little about behaviors I'm thinking its a skunk and we have a ton of them here so I wouldnt be surprised. My coop is quite secure and built off of the ground but I am worried about my new broody who I've moved to an existing structure with no real bottom (four posts and plywood with a swinging door). I'm sure a skunk could dig his way underneath, so I'm wondering if any of you have suggestions for a good barrier? I thought I'd bury 2 x 4's or 2 x 6's all the way around.
 

calicokat

Songster
10 Years
Apr 2, 2009
1,336
15
171
azalia, indiana
We just had this problem with our coop and I put hardware cloth down and topped it with 30 pound pavers (4 x 8 x 20). You do want to do something because they can sure dig and will dig right under your structure. We thought it was a raccoon because of the digging, that is until DH shot it last night -- trying to dig into the coop some more.
 

Clay Valley Farmer

Songster
9 Years
Sep 7, 2010
739
20
121
I strand of electric fence 4 inches off the ground 4 inches in front of the protected area does a very good job of detering digging preditors.
 

chickathon

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 12, 2011
135
5
93
West Virginia
My chicken run is lined with rock. It easy to find here is WV. You can't dig a three inch deep hole without hitting a rock. It's about 18 inches wide and 2 feet deep.
 

gmachicken

Songster
10 Years
Jan 18, 2010
110
1
109
Grants Pass, OR
We've been having skunk issues as well.
My girls were also jumping our very short fence. (The roo made them do it.) I had a trapper come and convince me that my wild bird feeders were not helping any, they were about 40 ft away but I heeded his advise and got rid of the feeders.
We fixed that short fence with an extender fence of sorts, with a flap on the ground 6 -12 inches wide with brick and 2" X 6" X 8' so the hens are in the wild birds are gone. It is also 6-7 feet tall.
I was able to, a couple of times, to spray the little devils with a hard spray of water all the way to the neighbors. They seem to stay away, for a while. Our coop is in pretty hard soil but when ever I see a mark like digging it gets a brick. I know it is not really scientific but it is at least holding them back. I think.

A couple of things the trapper said was interesting. The female skunks have a 1 mile radius of their birth place. They have a routine of sorts. The Babies stay with them for about a year. The males on the other hand have about a 5 mile radius from their birth.

So those of us who have them are stuck with the little guys until they all die off or they get trapped or ..........
 

aprophet

Songster
10 Years
Jan 12, 2010
3,798
36
239
chesapeake Va.
Quote:those numbers are not written in stone sometimes a little more or a little less but they are close it is kina like a family of coon living on something only 1/2 - 1 mile square and their territory will overlap its amazing they find food in something that small and I can see why they fight so much in the spring .
 

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