Two days ago, a skunk got in and killed a few of our birds, we have a trap set, Well today, I took the kids over to the farm, I was getting ready to water the garden, the twins were riding their power wheels, chickens were running all around and the dogs were happy to see me, the other kids jumping on the trampoline while my parents were in with Destiny watching Glenn Beck. I notice the dogs running in circles like they were scared. My first thought was why is a chicken chasing the dogs, then I notice it is a SKUNK chasing the dogs. I start screaming for Ceciley to get grandpa, and was trying to get the boys to ride their power wheels away from the skunk, what a mess, children, dogs, chickens and a skunk. Dad came out and shot at it, hit it once but I don't think good enough. I bet it is with rabies, weird in day light for a skunk to chase dogs. I am glad it didn't go after one of the kids. It was quite funny when all over, watching the dogs and skunk go round and round. One dog is a big lab, did the skunk think it was going to eat dog. Laurie
mom to 8,,,, grandma to one,,, and wife to Robert
He didn't nip one of the dogs, did he? Oh wow. I 've told our kids to be sure to keep an eye open for any animals that just don't act right...and stay well away from them. This is just another reminder. Thanks! A lot of rabies comes up from Mexico in the wild population.
This morning we go in the coop and one dead chicken and one with its wing eaten off, bummer, but then mom notices the skunk is in the coop. We wonder if we locked it in with the chickens last night. We had fixed door and put a lock on the bottom and top so it couldn't be pushed open. Well the skunk is dead, and burning up on the wood pile as we speak. Hope he or she was the only one. They were meat birds that we lost. I keep thinking he or she ate a whole week or more of food off my table. We also lost 6 turkeys to a cat, they were little, but cost $6.00 a piece to buy. Farming is such an adventure of losses and gains. Laurie
mom to 8,,,, grandma to one,,, and wife to Robert
They were meat birds that we lost. I keep thinking he or she ate a whole week or more of food off my table. We also lost 6 turkeys to a cat, they were little, but cost $6.00 a piece to buy. Farming is such an adventure of losses and gains. Laurie
Excellent way to look at it/put it! It is NOT just a 'death loss'--it is your future food loss! Janene
Occasional steer for the freezer
Dogs, cats, chickens, etc!
*~*Proud Mother of 2 Military Sons*~*
A Grandma now, too!
Post by Hogsquash Hollow on Nov 18, 2012 1:23:04 GMT -5
Shoot it in the lungs. A brain shot will spread the rabies and will make them spray about 30 seconds later.......I found out the hard way.
If you get one without rabies skin it. You can get good money for a skunk pelt. Well worth the hour of stink. Use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap to deodorize. Google it for the exact recipe.
We had a feral cat eating some of our birds and we thought it was varmints. Our cats would get into fights with something at night once in a while and I finally saw a giant tom cat walk behind the wood shed. I grabbed the 20 gauge and waited for him to come out the other side. When he did, he got a face full, three times, for good measure, then met the burn pile. No more birds gone and no more fights. Sometimes you get surprised. We have had wood chucks too. They get the same treatment if they are close. If they are far off, they learn real quick what a varmint gun feels like.
There is no substitute for a good rifle and shotgun on a farm.
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