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Skunks do kill chickens...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tlb, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. tlb

    tlb Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, all. This is my first post. Was fixing my cup of coffee this AM and I heard my RIRs making a fuss. Went outside with a flashlight and saw 2 large skunks inside our portable coop. Three of our hens looked dead, and one looked OK. I was able to open the coop door and let the skunks out w/o getting sprayed. Once they left, I realized one of the hens I thought was dead was only wounded. So, two dead half eaten hens, one wounded and one OK.

    So, my question to you all is what can I do to keep the skunks out? I live in San Antonio, TX, in a neighborhood, so I can't shoot the skunks.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    First, figure out how they got in?? What type of wire are you using? Make sure you have good hooks/latches on your doors...

    Can you post a pic of your setup? That might help get some good suggestions?
     
  3. lost

    lost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buy a trap they run around 20-40 $ or so depends on how big they are [​IMG]
     
  4. tlb

    tlb Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info.

    The skunks dug under the fence. The coop design is a two story, A frame, portable design...eight feet long by five feet wide, and five feet high. The bottom is chicken wired, but the skunks did not go through the wire...but under the 2 X 2s that hold the wire.

    We have skunks all over our neighborhood, but I did not think skunks would eat live chickens. Guess I should have known better.
     
  5. lost

    lost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have lived here four 5yrs. And the other night I smelled one and I was wondering about if they would eat one. Guesse i need to set my trap back up
     
  6. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Welcome, tlb!

    In order to keep predators such as skunks, coons, etc., out you need to go to extreme lengths to construct your coop and run. Hardware cloth, not chicken wire, is the best deterrent. Also, you need to bury the hardware cloth down a minimum of 12-15 inches under the ground around the perimeter. Completely enclosing the coop and run with hardware cloth on the sides and top is recommended.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. krackerhill

    krackerhill Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a skunk in my yard last fall and decided to "humanely" trap it. The have a heart trap worked great. I never however put much thought into what to do with a trapped live skunk. I also never thought about how bad that side of my home would smell in the a.m. My neighborhood has a bunch of good ole boys so the sound of one shot of a .22 is not unheard of. Good luck with Pepe Le Pew.
     
  8. tlb

    tlb Out Of The Brooder

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    Guess I'll just have to build a fortress to keep the skunks out.

    Thanks, everyone, for your help.

    Hopefully any future posts of mine will deal w/ happier topics.
     
  9. Richard3707

    Richard3707 New Egg

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    A live trap works rather well , as I put the dead chicken in the live trap and caught a live skunk that night.To dispose call animal ,control or shoot it.I shot my fat skunk after it killed 2 chickens.
     
  10. thill808

    thill808 Out Of The Brooder

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    I found my guinea yesterday, put out a live trap last night. Skunk was the culprit. I will leave the trap out until I can get rid of the whole family or at least as many as I can catch. I had no idea a skunk would kill a guniea/chicken. Never even crossed my mind.
     

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