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2013 October 2
by Rachel Turiel

This is the skunk who lives under our chicken coop, with whom we have an agreement: chickens get the daylight hours, skunk can prowl the long night. Until, all bets were off and Skunky spent yesterday morning, full daylight, in the coop. She was sort of bumbling and goofy and unphased by the apples and then BB’s we launched at her. Col finally got her out after three hours of focused work. She’s kind of cool, but we’re trying not to like her too much.


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7 Responses leave one →
  1. October 3, 2013

    Awwww. I love skunks. They have terrible eyesight, but a great nose. I would worry a bit if its out during the day. Maybe just the annual fall migration they seem to do where they all end up squished on the roads. Before I was born, my father had a pet descented skunk named Petunia. She lived behind the hot water heater most of the time, being nocturnal and all.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink
      October 3, 2013

      Aww, Petunia. How the heck do you descent a skunk?

  2. October 3, 2013

    I cannot imagine having a skunk living next to the chickens! For some reason I thought they eat chickens? We have dogs so a skunk spray would not be fun.

    We had a packrat living under our house last week (he is there no longer after stealing 80 out of 160 garlic cloves off our porch) and last night it was a racoon. I’m sure next week the black bear will pop onto our porch as well, they scrounge for any morsel of food this time of the year.

  3. Susan S permalink
    October 3, 2013

    Ah, Rachel! Yes, skunks are terribly cute, but after raccoons, they are the most prevalent rabies carriers. Maybe a call to F&G for advice? It’s so hard to know how to proceed when habitats collide. :-(

    • October 3, 2013

      I had the same thought Susan. ‘Goofy and bumbling’ nocturnal animal during the day = rabies. Did it get trapped in the coop, or was it free to go back home? I don’t have advice about how to proceed…heartbreaking that skunkers is cohabitating, which means you might need to take action. in any other situation i’d say let nature run its course. i hope i’m totally wrong. :(

      p.s. I’ve been a terrible commenter lately, but I’m reading and following and loving along.

  4. October 3, 2013

    i feel like i am *unreasonably* excited about this – (ie: have already procured faerie wings and am practicing my lines right MEOW). hooray! also – *man* those stinky skunks are CUTE. remi, bubby and i got to see two baby skunks bumbling around together, practically attached at the hips, it seemed like – each one no bigger than my outstretched hand. remi turns to me and goes “can they be our pets?” ha! xoxo

  5. October 3, 2013

    and by *this* i meant Sparkle Stories. derp. xo

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