UH OH!!! I Had A Smelly Visitor !

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Feathered Wings, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    When i went for the morning feed i noticed that unmistakble smell of a Skunk [​IMG] . Then right beside the garbage was his little smelly footprints what do you think he was looking for??
    All my cages are about 3 foot off ground do they climb?? Should i be worried or is he just after the dogs food?? We have one of those big self feeders under where his smelly self had been.
    Anybody had experience with a Skunk as i said i don't think he can get to my chickens.
    OH LORD if i ran across it i would probably scream and [​IMG]
     
  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    If it stinks after it's left, it might be a spotted skunk. He is after the low lying "fruit". If desperate he would probably kill a chicken. He would love eggs. Primarily he just wants whatever food/water is easiest to get to.
     
  3. Rollandwasteland

    Rollandwasteland Out Of The Brooder

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    You need to remove the food source or the skunk will be back. And it will teach any young where the food is if left long enough. Just make sure your chicken pens are well protected. They can climb a little, but would prefer not to. If you remove the dog food, make sure there is some type of top to the pens and that it is secure.

    I have skunks that traverse my property as well. The rodent away pellets that you can buy might work. But I have found that they work better if placed before the rodents find a food source. The only other suggestion is to hunt them down, but that is a smelly proposition as well, one that I have never been able to bring myself to do.

    Good Luck, let me know if you find something that works.
     
  4. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    If he's just after the dog food i don't mind there is always food in there.
    I like all animals and if he's not a threat then i won't worry about a little dog food missing.
    If he can't climb that high then he won't be able to reach my off the ground pens.
     
  5. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    [​IMG] Just in Case how do you get the Skunk smell off of a dog? [​IMG]
     
  6. Rollandwasteland

    Rollandwasteland Out Of The Brooder

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    Time

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  7. Rollandwasteland

    Rollandwasteland Out Of The Brooder

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    Seriously though. Talk with the local game authorities as to the frequency of rabies in your area. Skunks are a moderate transmitter of the disease. If your area is a moderate to elevated risk, that may change your mind. Keep in mind, one will shortly become two, which will become……..
     
  8. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Thou Shall Smell No Skunk Before It's Time
     
  9. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another of their favorite foods is the white grubs that lie just below the surface in your lawn. I have one that grubs and cleans up any spilled feed around the pens. as long as he is out there I don't have to worry about stray dogs coming up at night.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Last night a skunk was attempting to get into the run with my babies. I got there just in time. He walked away slowly. Tonight there were 2 skunks there. I shot them both dead. I'm sure there are more.
     
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