Sunday, February 27, 2011


The combination of a ridiculously bright full moon and warmer spring-like temps have brought the polecats (skunks) out in force, at least the males. I've been seeing dead skunks all over the roads as of late.
This is what happens when a potential chicken-eating critter finds a way around or toughs his way through our electric fence. The Great Pyrenees made short work of this male skunk when he got into the pasture. Needless to say, the dogs got sprayed and are pretty rank, but they seem pretty proud of themselves and I'm definatley pleased.

One thing you can see is the special claws adapted for digging on this guy. I'd never seen a skunk up close before, so it was pretty neat to get to take a look at this one.


  1. Nasty, gross animals. I had some dead chickens recently and set out some cage traps. Figured I'd catch a coon or possum, but oh no, got a skunk. Caught two in a row, no more chicken deaths now.
    You have a couple great farm dogs there!

  2. Thanks Adam! Yeah they're finally coming around. They sure did stink after killing that skunk though!

  3. there is a recipe online that can help with the smell.

    1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap. Add lukewarm water if needed. Mix ingredients well. The solution will fizz, as a chemical reaction is occurring. Use immediately - do not store.

    We used it a couple months ago and it helped.