Skunk Here

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by OldGuy43, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    As always, while making coffee this morning I looked out and saw that the flock seemed a bit upset. Wasn't 'til I went out to feed, water and collect eggs that I discovered why. A skunk had discovered the electric fence and he weren't happy! Smelly, but no stock lost. [​IMG]
     
  2. grandpaw roo

    grandpaw roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got rid of lots of skunks over the years.(Over 20)Never got sprayed.Catch them in a wire trap.Be sure to put plywood under trap as they will pull every piece of dirt inside the trap.Walk up to the trap with a sheet in front of you.Cover the trap.I put them in the back of my truck to a local farmer that lets me dispatch there.
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  3. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I really don't object to their presence since they eat rodents and insects. I just don't want them eating my livestock.

    misspelled presence
     
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  4. heronz

    heronz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness we remove skunks the same way and have never been sprayed either.
    They really seem docile when it's done this way.
    I kind of enjoy them.
    I feed to fill up those tummys-makes them sleepy.
    Give them a little snooze time then release them.
    I also don't mind them being around as long as they don't bother anybody because they wipe out the rats mice etc.
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    We've a lot of skunks and I'd never had a problem with one until this year. They were content to only eat the feed now and then but this year a large male took out my prize hen and later was squaring off on my rooster before I used a hatchet to literally push it out of the run before running back inside to get my gun. The rooster only had wattle and minor neck injury but was a shame to lose the hen. Now I take skunk presence seriously.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I used to see lots of skunks around my area but not so many any more - unsure why. Maybe the dogs keep them them chased off. I know they still show up as I see small shallow holes dug in the yard - looking for worms I suppose. Never had them bother the chickens.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Skunks do not cause me trouble with chickens except taking eggs not laid in proper place, but like armidillos put holes where I do not want them. Sadly, they do sometimes get dispatched, and last time I was way to close when dog did it. Darn dog seems to get high off skunk stink.
     
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