What, Another Skunk?!

| 10/7/2013 3:01:00 PM

Tags: Skunk, Root Farm, Wire, Sprained Ankle, Chickens, Valerie Root,

Valerie RootMorning: There is always a lot going on at the farm ...

Wow! Am I accident-prone! I tell you these wildlife creatures are going to be the death of me.

At 3:00 this morning, the smell of skunk woke me out of a sound sleep. I reach over to wake up Russ. He says, "Let's go find it before it gets any of the chickens!." It is very dark outside, no moon or yard light. We jump up and off we go. He is way ahead of me, and so I follow along and fall off the deck, sprain my ankle (which is now a cankle) and moan and groan my way off the ground. I see Russ coming out of the chicken yard and take off around the shop. He is hot on the trail. I run toward him with one leg dragging behind me. He gets ahead of the skunk and cuts him off from going home. The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me. I take an instant 90 degrees to the left and run smack dab into a roll of fencing, and now am in possession of three long curved scratches just under my knee. Painful as all get out. I holler as I snag my leg on the wire, and the skunk turns toward the shop and I high tail it behind the tractor.

I have been limping along all day with this throbbing wounded knee and gimping along on an ankle that doesn't work properly. Poor Russ has had to do most everything today. I come along for the ride. It will be interesting to see what tomorrow will bring. Peace maybe? I vote for that anyway.

We seem to have skunks under every pile and building. This one had moved in under the birthing shed. I am not sure if the one under the chicken coop is gone or if we just haven't had much trouble with him. I am sure they just wait until my back is turned and find something else to move into.

We have been losing a considerable amount of chickens and ducks to skunks this year. At least once a week we have issues with a wild critter, skunks in particular.

11/30/2013 12:13:43 AM

Dave and Mary I laughed really loud and often with these happenings. When the kids got back from irrigating they said oh man mom we had no idea you could do all that. Children!

11/17/2013 12:04:04 AM

Dear Bunny Lady, I am lovin your idea. I run alot of lights for birthing but never thought of it for skunks. I would benefit greatly too from some light. Stop tripping over my own feet.

11/6/2013 2:44:12 PM

Valerie, We used to have trouble with skunks also on the farm. We battled and battled with them, but as soon as we got rid of one another one came. We strung lights all around the coops and runs. about 3 feet high all around. Skunks are nocturnal and shy away from light. We were shocked, no more chickens lost. They actually stayed away from our pens. We left the lights up for quite a while. When summer came we took them down, kept our fingers crossed, but we never smelled or saw a skunk again. All our beloved chickens were safe. You might try that, it might work for you also. We used low watt bulbs, 40W. And it didn't seem to raise our Electric bill. This time of year they start moving around looking for a mate, Nov-Feb is their breeding time. Good Luck.

10/9/2013 1:04:52 PM

Valerie, no skunk problem here at Terra Nova Gardens. Well, none that I'm aware of. I have no chickens or other animals to worry about. My issue is all the wild life eating my garden. The garden is nine miles away so no hope to have a guard animal to keep them away. My only hope is to build a fence high enough to keep out deer; tight enough to keep out raccoons, possums, and ground hogs; and strong enough to weather the winds. ***** I certainly hope all your skunk excursions are much less accident prone than the last one. Have a quiet recovery day.

10/7/2013 9:58:50 PM

Hi, Valeri, This is Mary from Old Dog, New Tricks blog. You did make me laugh out loud! Sorry! I know it isn't funny, but since I'm not the one hurting, it did seem so! Have you tried live traps? I guess you would have to shoot the skunk in the trap and then fumigate! Oh! Other people's problems are so less boring than our own! (Stay off that ankle!)

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