Skunks... HELP!

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

  1. madison123

    madison123 In the Brooder

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    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

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  3. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Songster

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    thank you soooo much![​IMG]
     

  7. Agdketo

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    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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