Monday, June 20, 2011

murderer, caught

Sunday morning Homer found about 30 of our 3 week old broilers killed in their pen. A small hole had been dug just outside the pen, and it led under and inside the chicken pen. Most predators will take away what they kill to eat at another time..they stock up their dens. A raccoon will leave a different trail, so we knew it was not raccoon, rat or fox. There was no question the murderer would return..those chickens are good eats!

So Homer set the have-a-heart trap out last night. Nothing in it, just set right next to the pen with the door open, in hopes that what was out there would walk right in. And amazingly enough, it worked!

The zoom was needed. Neither Homer nor Ryan would get any closer. And thankfully the dog did not catch it.
Yup, its a skunk! No plans on any of us having a heart and going near that trap until..well, we don't really know. We have heard a skunk can spray with distance and accuracy, and that is a theory or fact we do not want to test.
And Ryan has learned a few things in his first 12 hours at Sunnyside Farm:
1. He might not take up beekeeping
2. When Homer asks to go get the have-a-heart holding the skunk, it is ok to say no
3. Chickens are easier. Here he is as the chicken whisperer. The laying hens escape their enclosure sometimes, and nothing brings them back like the sight of an orange 5 gallon bucket they think is full of feed..

Time now for weeding and reducing grass growth in the garden..pulling bugs too..


  1. We've caught a number of skunks in our havahart traps here at Joshua Farm. I put a wet sheet and/or towel over the trap, think long and hard about who's offended me recently, then load up the skunk and trap in my van. Letting it loose is the tricky part, depending on which kind of trap you have, as you obviously don't want to be standing there holding the trap open!

  2. we are still undecided as to what to do with the are a brave woman to load inside your van!

  3. I trapped with Havaharts as a kid...caught many a skunk. The wet blanet idea is good. Wrap it up quickly and drop it into a big tub of water. Wait til long after the bubbles stop. Skunks can hold their breath.

    Otherwise, shoot it with a 22.

    Too bad this little fella didn't stick to mice.

  4. that's...blanket.

    from Jim Owens

  5. Kirsten and Jim: we voted, and it was a landslide..y'all need to visit and work skunk magic here at the farm..



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