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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by madison123, Oct 8, 2011.
what do skunks do to chickens? we found one in the chicken house about three weeks ago.
very helpful link from BYC.
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.
Found this article on how to make a skunk repellent that might work for you:
Hope this helps.
They eat them. They eat eggs. And here in the midwest are carriers of rabies. We shoot every one we see.
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.
thank you soooo much!
If you use a live trap, I've heard marsmallows or anything "sweet" is a favorite of skunks. They also love cat food.
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.