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  1. #41
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    When I was about 10 we were at Shakamac State Park near Jasonville, IN and my sister and I saw two kids playing with a skunk. They ran up and petted it and then picked it up and ran off with it. We were stunned at first, but concluded that it must have been a pet. I hope so, anyway.

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  3. #42
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    skunks will only spray you if they feel threatened.

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    An old man up on the mountain kept 3 skunks in the barn much like cats. The oldest one he found as a kit while logging. The oldest one was mother of the 2 younger ones. All males would leave but the female kits would stay. I always had problem with them killing my chicken and stealing eggs. He had no problem with this yet he never seemed to have a mouse/rat problem. Some theives were surprized and sprayed when they broke into the tack room. He said they are the best watch dogs and cats a person could have. I never did learn how he kept them out of the hen house. I have alway been able to steal trap them when I have a problem with them. We put our pets up. The bait is a chicken in a wire box hung just above the traps. I have caught a few dogs and many coyotes(sp) this way. But the way I see it is if they were afer the chicken they need to be gotten rid of anyway.

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    skunks are pretty smart,they can be trained for a litter box,they are actually in the weasel family.individual skunks sometimes have different markings,for example,instead of a stripe along their back,they may have a white tail,or a white patch on there head.i once had the pleasure of knowing a big fat albino skunk named snowball,a really neat and gentle animal.

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    I hate to revive an ancient thread, but I'm pretty concerned about the possibility of skunks decimating my hive. The girls arrive in a couple weeks and I've always had issues with skunks on my property. Last fall, I had a trapper come out and catch 3 and I still see some late at night. The Beekeeper's Handbook says that an 18-inch hive stand is the easiest way to prevent skunks from being a problem. Can anyone verify/disprove? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Skunks

    it is supposed to allow the bees to do what they do. The elevate stand exposes the skunks belly, which the bees can easily sting through. My personal preference for dealing with skunks involves ballistics and a shovel. I understand that some folks might not agree with this though.

  8. #47
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    Default Re: Skunks

    To deal with skunks, an alternative to hive stands is to simply switch your hives to top entrances:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Skunks

    Quote Originally Posted by atxbees View Post
    I hate to revive an ancient thread, but I'm pretty concerned about the possibility of skunks decimating my hive. The girls arrive in a couple weeks and I've always had issues with skunks on my property. Last fall, I had a trapper come out and catch 3 and I still see some late at night. The Beekeeper's Handbook says that an 18-inch hive stand is the easiest way to prevent skunks from being a problem. Can anyone verify/disprove? Thanks.
    the elevated stands have not kept the skunks from chewing up my bees.

    this trap has worked well for me:

    http://www.snareshop.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ADC6

    once trapped they can't spray, and can be easily drowned.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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