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How To Avoid A Skunk Problem with chickens

Updated on October 6, 2010

How to avoid a skunk problem

How to avoid a skunk problem.

Now that you or your pet has been sprayed by the little white and black skunk,you are wondering how to get rid of the stink!!

Well first of all,your pet and you should have known the warning signs before you got sprayed.

These warning signs are;

The skunk will stomp it's feet and charge at the intruder,or arch it's back and walk away.

If you don't take the hint,it will turn it's butt towards you,raise it's tail and release a stinky musk that is yellow in color from two glands near it's anus.

This spray doesn't only stink but burns if sprayed into the eyes.

Here is a recipe that works on skunk odor;

  • 1 qt.of 3%hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap.
  • Mix these 3 together and bath thoroughly

You have to use this mixture immediately as it breaks down through chemical reaction.

Rinse with tap water afterwards and repeat if needed.

If you are sprayed in the eyes,flush with tap water thoroughly

Skunk

Skunk troubles

 I am having some trouble with a family of Skunks,
as they are enjoying my cat's chow.

In the garbage barrel where I keep the cat food was an odor bearing skunk.

Lucky for me I didn't reach in and scoop some food up.

Skunks have a special gland that is full of a yellow,stinky,substance that they spray on their enemies.

This spray can cause serious medical injuries to a person or pet and can cause temporary blindness also.

Well anyway the skunk ruined that bag of food and the barrel too.

Then I fed the Dog in his pen last night and when I walked

outside this morning all I could smell was skunk.

My pooch came up to greet me and I vacated the premises

real fast.

Had to give him a bath and then used perfume to combat the

odor.

I have tried tomato juice and never worked for me,so I

use perfume.

The only way I have found to irradicate the skunks is by use

of a

have-a-hart trap.After placing a weiner in the trap, I checked it every hour until finally I had a skunk trapped.

Then I covered the trap with a blanket to

keep skunk from

spraying you.Haul the creature off to the woods and let them

go.

You can also shoot them but they will spray all over the place

and then you have to dispose of a stinky animal,which is not

pleasant.

So the best way to keep skunks away is don't leave dog and

cat food where they can get

to it.

Below I have compiled some characteristics of the skunk.

Physical Description

Striped skunks are easily recognized by their colors and pattern. The fur is black with a white stripe that

begins as at the top of the head and forks down both sides, and usually merges

again near the base of the tail. Another white stripe runs

from the base of the snout between the eyes and ends on

the forehead. The stripe width and length vary with each

individual animal. Stripes are sometimes on the tail, but more often

the tail is intemixed with black and white hair or fur.

The Mephitis mephitis is about the size of a domestic cat, with a

small head, small ears, short legs, and a long, fluffy tail.

Feet are plantigrade with five partially webbed toes.

Claws are longer on the front feet to aid in digging.

The skull is distinct from other carnivores in having only one

molar on each side of the upper jaw and two on each side of

the lower jaw. The upper molars have a characteristic square

shape.

Skunk in Trap

Reproduction

 

Reproduction

Females are monestrous, but they occasionally can have a

second estrous if the first pregnancy is unsuccessful. Mating

takes place from mid-February until mid-March. The gestation

period is between 60 and 77 days, with delayed implantation

probably involved. Usually, five or six young are born in each

litter. At birth, baby striped skunks are blind, deaf, and extremely

immature. They nurse for about a month and a half in the

mother's den. Fully weaned, the young then follow the mother

about, finally breaking from the family about a year after

reaching adult size.

Skunk

Behavior

 

Behavior

Striped skunks are nocturnal, sleeping during the day in

underground burrows and emerging around dusk to search for

food. They prefer to use burrows made by other animals of

equal size or natural burrows under tree stumps or buildings.

They use their long front claws to build their own den if

necessary.

Both males and females undergo periods of inactivity from

November until March. Females often remain in their winter

dens for the entire winter, but males usually emerge during

mild temperature periods to feed. Winter dens usually consist

of six females and their young. One male sometimes

occupies a den with females, but usually lives alone in its

own den.

Baby Skunk

Food Habits

 

Food Habits

A skunk is a true omnivore, eating a vast assortment

of things including insects, small crustation,mammals,birds and

eggs, fruits, grasses,

leaves, buds, grains, nuts, and carrion. Insects make up

approximately 70% of their diet. Striped skunks often attack the

nests of colonial insects, such as bees and ants. When

attacking a bee hive, they wait for the angry bees to emerge

from the hive, then bat them out of the air and eat them.

Striped skunks are opportunistic and diet changes depending

on the time of year and available resources.

 Now one way I have found to tell a skunk to get is by using Pepper Spray on them.

They will high tail it in a hurry,and by the way if they give you the high tail,you better get back in a hurry also.

skunk and racoons

Skunk in Coffee House

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    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank 

      9 years ago from Montana

      I guess you got rid of two skunks with one shot.LOL:))

    • Enelle Lamb profile image

      Enelle Lamb 

      9 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      My 'ex' had a run in with a skunk so I understand exactly how aromatic they really are...If you want to get rid of skunk smell from clothing and skin (should work for animals too) buy Avon's shower gels...they really work!

      (Course you could always just get rid of the 'ex' LOL)

    • Charia Samher profile image

      Charia Samher 

      9 years ago

      Good for me, I only see them in photos. =)

    • Camping Dan profile image

      Camping Dan 

      9 years ago

      I just moved to the country and have a skunk family running around my property. At this point they are not coming to near the house so I am leaving them alone. Hopefully it stays that way since there is plenty of acreage for us all.

    • JCrosby profile image

      JCrosby 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for this article. I am dealing with a skunk problem at this very moment! My problem skunk has killed my chickens. I have had my chickens for years, and this has been heartbreaking. :( I have help from a professional to trap this skunk. I plan on making a chicken-skunk hub as soon as I have more answers (and hopefully a solution!).

    • Patnet profile image

      Patnet 

      10 years ago from San Diego Area

      Thanks for the info about the baby skunks smelling just as bad as the adults. Best to keep away from both!

    • Patnet profile image

      Patnet 

      10 years ago from San Diego Area

      Thanks for the skunk info. I've been fortunate to keep my dog away from the so far. Interesting photo of the baby skunk-I wonder if they produce the exact same stench as the adults.

    • Sapphire Eclipse profile image

      Sapphire Eclipse 

      10 years ago from Japan

      Skunks can be a menace, and smell really gross as well, but if kept at a distance they are cute and resourceful. Maybe I just feel that way because of the dignified stripe running over their heads and down their backs.

      I encountered a skunk around midnight in the neighborhood. We both caught each other off guard. I stopped and looked at him, he stopped and looked at me. There might've been a moment of tension and then we were both off on our regular routes again. Sure was a close call!

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      einron 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Thank you for being a fan.

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      einron 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Thank you for being a fan.

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      einron 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Thank you for being a fan.

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      einron 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Thank you for being a fan.

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      einron 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Sometimes the car runs over a skunk and you can smell it a long time. How do you get rid of the smell? It's overpowering!

    • donnaleemason profile image

      donnaleemason 

      10 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Never come across one and I know they smell but I still think they are real pretty.

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