Skunks... HELP!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by madison123, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. madison123

    madison123 In the Brooder

    Aug 15, 2011
    what do skunks do to chickens? we found one in the chicken house about three weeks ago. [​IMG]

  2. The Burg Peeps

    The Burg Peeps Chirping

    Jun 9, 2011
  3. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Songster

    Jun 19, 2011
    They eat eggs, and they eat chickens. Had one kill nine baby chicks in one night. Set a live trap, and tie a 20 foot rope to it. When you catch the skunk, you can drag it, trap and all, down wind, and shoot it.


    Sorry for the long distance picture, but you can see the rope tied to the upper corner of my trap.

  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member 8 Years

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    They eat them. They eat eggs. And here in the midwest are carriers of rabies. We shoot every one we see.
  5. classicsredone

    classicsredone Songster 7 Years

    Jan 6, 2011
    Crunchy California
    We're going to have to get a trap. We've got skunk issues, and either a raccoon or opossum breaking through the kiddie door in our fence. The skunk sprayed during a rainstorm in daylight the other day, and that's a little unusual. We have an outbreak of rabid skunks and coons in this county, so I'm a little afraid to just let them be. I'm also tired of the smell and afraid they'll get one of our teenage chickens. I found out that the county can send a trapper, but it is $25 to place a trap and $12.50 to pick up any additional animals. They'll deal feral cows, llamas, and horses for free, though. Go figure.
  6. madison123

    madison123 In the Brooder

    Aug 15, 2011
    thank you soooo much![​IMG]

  7. Agdketo

    Agdketo In the Brooder

    Sep 14, 2009
    Aledo, Illinois
    If you use a live trap, I've heard marsmallows or anything "sweet" is a favorite of skunks. They also love cat food.
  8. Quote:i know! Isn't that scary? Rabid skunks and raccoons, attacking people in the evening as they walk their dogs. i've spoken with our local Federal trapper. i wanted him to come set a trap after i saw a raccoon in our yard (this was a couple years ago). He seemed reluctant, saying if he traps one a hundred more will come in their place. i dropped the issue, and haven't seen a raccoon since we got our goats. But if we did end up with a big problem, i think the fees are worth having someone else handle the trapping and shooting.

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