What's that smell? A Dying skunk in our back yard.

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Nifty-Chicken, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Last night I got home from the airport and went to put the girls to bed. Smelled like skunk and I got worried. I noticed a young pullet was not with her sister (she always is). I looked around for chicken parts and something darted in front of me. I was scared to death that it was a skunk about to spray me. Nope, it was the young pullet... no idea why she was out prancing around so late at night... maybe scared by a skunk?

    Anyway, it still smelled like skunk today. Neighbor said he saw some vultures in a tree so I went in the back and saw black with a white stripe. Looks like a skunk has a broken back (dragging its back end).

    Called animal control, I think they are coming over to shoot it. Kinda sad to see it suffering back there.
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Nifty - that is so sad, but remember they are wild animals that can carry rabies. I'm thinking he probably got hit by a car, but rabies is a possibility and can cause paralysis. Stay away from it and make sure the authorities take it with them.

    Jody
     
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Scary! No cars could have gotten to it anywhere around where it is, unless it traveled a ways after getting hit.

    Didn't even think of rabies! [​IMG]
     
  4. Royicus

    Royicus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, that is a no good situation for all involved. Hopefully the skunk can be put out of it's misery as quickly as possible.
     
  5. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    be glad you dont have a dog it would go finish the job and bring the smelll back to the house with it.
     
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Mdbucks... totally good point! Our old indoor Lab would have definitely cause a problem.

    Well, the animal control came by. We told Alana (4 year old) that it needed to be killed and her comment, "Do you think he will use a shovel?"

    Seriously, where did our urban 4 year old get that from?

    He shot it with a 22 rifle and it's gone. My tax dollars at work.
     
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

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    It's best that it was shot instead of suffering, poor thing. Did animal control take the body? Usually they do to test the brain for rabies.
     
  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Yup, he took it in a super ply black plastic bag.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Good to hear it was taken care of.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I hope the smell leaves quickly. What a horrid stench.
     

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