What’s that smell?

Sunday night John and I went out to the barn to feed the cows, the dogs, and the cats.  We also had to separate out the heifers from the cows, so we were in the barn longer than normal, getting gates moved so we had a place to put the heifers.

I fed the cats, and then turned around to help (well, to watch, really) John move the gates.  All of a sudden the cows stopped eating and left the barn lot.  There was still corn left, so this was pretty strange.  Before we fed, John shut another gate to keep them in the barn lot, so we thought they were just pissed about being locked in.

The cats weren’t eating either, but this is not so strange.  Usually they want some attention while we’re in the barn.  So we didn’t think much of this.

Then I turned around and saw…

… a skunk eating out of the cats’ dish.  Now I realize this picture is grainy, but surely you can tell that is a skunk and not a cat?  It’s dark in that corner of the barn, and frankly, I wasn’t getting any closer.

(Okay, to be honest?  I did try to get closer.  But the skunk turned and ran away.  So no more pictures.)

Great.  A skunk.  We’ve seen it around our property before, but not quite like this.  The sightings have been more like “Hey, did you see that skunk run off the driveway?”  Now what do we do?  I do not want a skunk in the barn.  I would rather have pigs in the barn.  (Yes, I realize what I just said.)

Fast forward to Monday night.  John had some 4H kids over to learn showmanship, and they were all out in the barn.  Who should come, perhaps to learn how to show the sheep?

Momma skunk came to visit.  This time she brought her 4 babies along for the road trip.

That’s right, I said FOUR skunk babies.  We are not having 5 skunks running around our barn.  (And we are not having five pigs to take their place.  Just to put that out there.)

Anyone have any bright ideas on how to get rid of the stinkers?  We’re up for options!

I guess the good news is that we still have running water, so if we do get sprayed, we can at least shower…


5 Responses to What’s that smell?

  1. Justin says:

    If you do get sprayed don’t shower first. Water activates the chemical in the skunk spray that makes it more smelly AND makes it stick to you.

    I have heard that mint listerine works best as a pre-washing wash to prevent the stuff from activating fully. Also, the best post-spray wash is NOT tomato juice but a light mix of baking soda and water (once the stuff is activated).

  2. Cris says:

    Skunk babies?!? Oh, no…

  3. Crystal says:

    umm no i know that john is a country boy and what other way to get rid of skunks than get out the ole gun!!!!

  4. Megan says:

    Our family usually calls dad in with the live traps. Not sure what he does with them once he catches them. I have a strict “don’t ask” policy!

  5. Dani says:

    I would agree with the “don’t ask!” policy. I’m one of those people who just loves skunks (not their stinky spray of course!) My favorite Looney Tunes character was always Pepe Le Pew. The babies can be pretty cute. (of course…most babies are cute.)
    You will definitely need to get rid of them though, you don’t want them getting comfortable in your barn before the winter arrives and your poor cats will never get any food!

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