Will a rooster chase off a skunk?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mrs. K, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    I just got done reading the entire post written by "Fainting Rooster" and laughed till I cried.

    I only have hens, I had roosters once years and years ago, but they got mean, and I never had one again.

    Lots of rain + sand = easy digging. I had a skunk get in and eat my eggs a week ago. [​IMG] Plugged up that hole with large heavy rock, he came back, and tried around there, but left.

    Then last week I put the baby chicks down there, in a sectioned off part of fort knox. The bugger came back and tried 3 different places, before he found a area of weakness under the hinge corner of the gate. UGHHHHHH Mad Got an egg and all 11 of my baby chicks. @$#^%@$^^&[​IMG]

    The reason I think it was a skunk as he did not bother the hens. A coon would have not fit through the hole, and gotten the girls too. Although it did not smell as skunky as it did last week.

    Today, I dug it out deep and put some scrap iron down there. And more rock, and I added reinforcement to the other places that he tried. Darn it all.

    Would a rooster help?

    MrsK
     

  2. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Songster

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    Skunks will go after adult chickens. Skunks usually only come to feed at night. If you have a skunk out in the day time I would be concerned about rabies. I would not get a rooster to chase off skunks. I have lost several good roosters to skunks. If this is happening during the day, I would think it's some other predator.
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    It depends on the rooster. Sometimes just the noise and aggression of roo will run off a skunk. Like Critter says though, don't get a roo just as a skunk deterrent, I have some that will chase them clear off the property and I have some that will hide with the hens!
     
  4. Jeeper1540

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    And one that faints, right? lol
    Quote:I dont know. I've been lucky to live where the biggist things you have to worry about is a hawk or owl grabbing a hen while free ranging, or the occasional stray dog. we dont have many other predators.
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    no, the damage was done at night, such a joy to find in the early morning. Dang it. Well what ever it is, is not big enough to get my full grown hens. They do not look disturbed at all. They were not the least upset. I thought it was a skunk, cause there was a broken egg in the nest, and there were broken eggs there last week, when what ever it was got in the first time.

    I spent the day reinforcing my run.

    Mrsk
     
  6. Mrs. K

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    I just needed to post so I could subscribe
     

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