We’ve had a skunk living under the chicken coop for a number of months. We would see him/ her periodically running about the farm and often smell him/ her. Every so often we would notice missing eggs and find empty eggshells in the nesting boxes. But otherwise, he/ she was more of a potential nuisance. It also seemed as though the dogs had learned their lesson. No more skunky faces. At least not in the recent past. But my husband, who was brought up on a farm, was concerned. He said things like: “babies in the spring”, “over run with skunks”, “never get any eggs”. It was only when we started missing chickens that I finally started paying attention. I think we are down to about 30. So Daniel picked up one of those Have-A-Heart traps and baited it. 8 nights we waited. Each night he baited the trap with something different~ peanut butter, bread. There was a little learning curve in that sometimes the bait would be gone but no skunk. Finally, he baited the trap with just one lone egg.
And wha- la (that’s Texan for “voila”).The skunk~ he/ she is captured!
Because the trap is low and narrow, the skunk cannot lift its tail to spray. At least that’s what we thought. That’s what Mr. Google and every other person I know says. Daniel and Tim carefully lifted the skunk, trap and all, into the bed of the truck to take it far away into the woods. Somehow during all the transporting, the skunk sprayed it’s awful, awful spray. Although how it sprayed is still a mystery. I think the whole “needing-to-lift-the-tail-to-spray” is a myth. That skunk was never out of the trap before the men had skunk odor all over them. And I mean ALL OVER THEM!!!! They drove home from the woods with the windows down but it didn’t help. The scent was awful, choking, tears streaming down the face awful. They both stripped outside the house and tippy- toed to the shower to de- scent themselves. The oily substance was able to be washed off of their bodies with just the slightest hint of skunk lingering in the hair. But their clothes have been outside for 4 days “airing out” and still they reek.
Weird things smell like skunk too like underwear, sox, the coins and knife that were in Tim’s pocket. (Tim even had to leave church Sunday to put his skunky knife out in the car. During a quiet moment people were glancing around trying to pinpoint the odor. We sheepishly glanced around trying to pinpoint the odor, too).
But the chickens are safe. And in a few days or weeks (or months) the whole skunk episode will be a story to tell and retell. Maybe Daniel will tell his children about the time he and his dad saved the farm by trapping a skunk.
Hopefully he won’t leave out the part about how a skunk must have room to lift its tail to spray. We don’t want to forget that part. :]Paradise~ just north of nowhere.
What’s for supper: Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.
Weather: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. Northeast wind 9 to 14 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible. Tonight snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 22. South wind 7 to 17 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. (I guess we are going to get some snow! YIKES!!!)