Skunk in the barn!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NewToFarming, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I was weatherproofing my converted stall to coop in the barn last night and I saw a huge skunk on the opposite end of the barn. Thank goodness he was scared of me or I wouldn't be smelling to good today! [​IMG]
    Anyhow, how concerned should I be about this guy with the chickens? I do believe I have them pretty secure that he can't get in at them and so far all he has gotten into was the cat food & water bowl.
    I knew something was getting after the cat food but wasn't sure what it was but now I know it was this skunk.
     
  2. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had skunk trouble this summer and lost about 20 chicks plus he sprayed in the chicken coop itself and I had to clean it out with the home made skunk removal recipe and hose it out thank goodness it was my small barn
     
  3. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Skunks are notorious carriers of rabies. They kill chickens, eat eggs, and they stink. If I were you, I'd get rid of it ASAP.
     
  4. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks for the advice on the skunk. At least I know what to use as bait! [​IMG] Cat Food!!
     
  5. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:They also like cheap cuts of beef, so if you have any fat trimmings with a bit of meat attached they will say yum and you'll have a skunk in the trap.
     
  6. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand that there are special traps for skunks that will prevent them from spraying you. You might see what you can find.
     
  7. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! That would be great!!! I was trying to figure out how to get him without being sprayed!!! I will see what I can find.
     
  8. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:Thanks! That would be great!!! I was trying to figure out how to get him without being sprayed!!! I will see what I can find.

    Havahart traps, the skunk has difficulty raising its tail, just make sure you get the right sized trap. I caught one in my trap almost two weeks ago, I didn't get juiced although the skunk did lose a bit on the trap.
     

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