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King's Ransom
Oct. 15, 2009, 08:50 AM
The wedding is only three days away, and last night I walked into the barn to find a SKUNK scurrying across the barn aisle and underneath the hay!

So far, my beautiful farm wedding has been threatened by mud, rain and severe cold. We gave up having the wedding outside and made all our plans to move indoors. Been decorating the big equipment barn and the horse barn, rented a big tent ... almost ready when ... a SKUNK!!!

I doubt there is one thing we can do about it, either? I fear that anything we might try to get rid of the critter could result in spraying and ABSOLUTELY ruining the day. Any ideas of what to do NOW?? :eek:

SarEQ
Oct. 15, 2009, 08:58 AM
Congratulations on the wedding... I was only married ten months ago and I promise that you will laugh about all this in a few months... I swear!

I'd try to call animal control or a pest control company. As soon as possible. They may have some ideas!

Someone on here caught a few skunks in a live trap, I remember reading the thread. I don't think they sprayed. They tossed a blanket over the trap to move it. I think that might work, if you can get your hands on some live traps. I've also heard that skunks don't like moth balls. Can you buy a bunch of moth balls and put them everywhere?

Good luck, and no matter what... it's still your day, and you'll still be married.

Robin@DHH
Oct. 15, 2009, 11:11 AM
Northern Tool has a "Spray-Proof Skunk Live Trap" in their catalog.
It is listed in the Winter 2009 catalog as item 37593-1001 there.
Maybe catching the skunk with something like that would allow for
rehoming it far from your barn.

King's Ransom
Oct. 15, 2009, 12:14 PM
I think we are going to leave him/her alone until after we get back from our honeymoon, then try to find someone to live-trap and relocate the little critter. I think, actually, that he or she has been in there for awhile, not causing any trouble. If we give her a wide berth, she will likely give us one, too. At least that is what I hope! :eek:

Aggie4Bar
Oct. 15, 2009, 12:25 PM
We've relocated several skunks via live trap, with and without covering the trap, and not had one spray. They're not quite as trigger happy as reputation suggests. However, given the possibilility that little skunk could find herself cornered in a barn full of wedding guests, I'd be inclined to move her before the big event.

Watermark Farm
Oct. 15, 2009, 12:53 PM
Hopefully your wedding is during the day, while Mr. Skunk is asleep!

I was all set to trap and relocated skunks on my property when I spoke with someone from wildlife rescue. She said that since skunks are nomadic, it was a waste of time as more skunks would just move in. So I just left them and sure enough they moved on with time.

Good luck on the wedding, and I agree with the above poster who said that you will laugh about all this in a few months. You will!

Foxtrot's
Oct. 15, 2009, 02:09 PM
We'll be wishing for you to have a happy, smell-free day, and looking forward to the photos and story. Hopefully the noise and activity will send her packing.

Coyote urine repells racoons??

jazzrider
Oct. 15, 2009, 02:30 PM
Wow, I can't believe the wedding is this weekend. Time has just flown. Many, happy blessings on your big day, and a few jingles thrown in that the skunk will politely stay away for the event. But just in case, remember that even the misshaps are good and fun memories when you get a couple of years out -- a skunk would be quite a story! But no, we won't wish for it. :winkgrin:

greysandbays
Oct. 15, 2009, 02:45 PM
I had a skunk living under my back porch for most of the summer before I found out about him. Had he not got himself cornerd in my FRONT porch and sprayed all over, I'd have never known he was there, unless I figured out that the reason the one cat living in the back porch was eating so much was because he had company come for every meal...

Skunks are nocturnal and if you don't bother them, they won't go out of their way to bother you.

MHM
Oct. 15, 2009, 03:14 PM
Maybe tell the skunk it's rude to show up at a wedding dressed in black or white? ;)

Good luck with the skunk, and best wishes on the big day and every day thereafter! :)

susanne
Oct. 15, 2009, 03:22 PM
Get some floodlights and make the barn (especially Mr. Stinky's favorite hiding spots) unbearably bright from now until the wedding. This is supposed to be extremely successful for getting skunks from under houses, so I would think it would work in your barn.

As a backup, once you know the skunk is out, get hunter's cougar or bear (or whatever predator) urine and soak some old rags in it and place on top of tarps around the entrance(s) to your barn. Of course, your horses won't be thrilled by this...and you'll want to be sure to remove them before the wedding...

Good luck -- I love the barn wedding idea!

Foxtrot's
Oct. 15, 2009, 04:00 PM
Turn up the radio and leave the lights on overnight might be a great idea. I think your live and let live approach will work anyway. Few skunks would like that amount of company!
Whatever, enjoy and keep the camera handy!

Mozart
Oct. 15, 2009, 04:07 PM
I had a skunk visiting my tack room on a consistent basis a few years ago, I started a thread and of the various suggestions I tried the "don't leave out any cat food" suggestion. Cats were a bit peeved but it worked, any food they did not clean up once I had done chores was put away in a sealed container. Worked like a charm and have not seen a skunk since.

I would make sure there was no food accessible in the next few days and skunky will probably not crash your wedding. If he does..well, apparently it is good luck to be rained on at your wedding...imagine how lucky it would be to have a skunk spray on your wedding!

AnotherRound
Oct. 15, 2009, 04:16 PM
Wow, maybe the barn and farm really isn't the best place for a wedding. Too late to change it now, though, so good luck! I'd leave it alone, too.

JanM
Oct. 15, 2009, 04:37 PM
I'm sure with the increase in activity that the skunk will depart at least for a while, but you might want to warn people-nothing like a little kid deciding to pet the 'kitty' during the middle of the reception. And stock up on the ingredients for the deskunking that you may have to do-the toothpaste works for the dogs bigger animals might need the deskunking stuff with liquid soap and peroxide.

clint
Oct. 15, 2009, 06:19 PM
We have had a skunk living under our deck since last spring. A couple of months ago I saw her family, which was a very striped collection. Honestly, you can coexist with a skunk and with lots of people around, it is unlikely it will come out. When I walk out at night with a flashlight I almost always see her (we named her Suzanne, by the way), but she prefers to avoid me and I always give her that chance. ;) I'm sure that if you put a floodlight on your barn your skunk will avoid all those people. And if the worst happens, you will most definitely have a wedding to remember.

MHM
Oct. 15, 2009, 07:02 PM
Whatever, enjoy and keep the camera handy!

I laughed out loud at this suggestion! :lol:

You could even go one better and keep a video camera nearby. Maybe you could win money on one of those "Funniest Video" shows and go on an extended honeymoon. :lol:

RainyDayRide
Oct. 15, 2009, 07:48 PM
Name her Flower and invite her to be a wedding attendant.

(this is sure an unusual last meeting wrench-in-the-wedding-arrangements tale, an unexpected chapter in a storybook romance.)

MHM
Oct. 15, 2009, 07:52 PM
Name her Flower and invite her to be a wedding attendant.

(this is sure an unusual last meeting wrench-in-the-wedding-arrangements tale, an unexpected chapter in a storybook romance.)

Was there a skunk in one of the Disney cartoons? In Bambi or Snow White, maybe?

Pepe LePew was certainly a true romantic when he fell for the unfortunate cat with the paint stripe! :lol:

clint
Oct. 15, 2009, 07:55 PM
Flower was in Bambi. I really wish I had thought of that name for our skunk; I think it fits. :)

MHM
Oct. 15, 2009, 08:36 PM
Flower was in Bambi.

Thanks. I haven't watched Bambi since my initial viewing many years ago. Ditto for Old Yeller. Way too traumatic.

RainyDayRide
Oct. 15, 2009, 08:43 PM
Flower with Bambi here..

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/04/23/books/bambi-650.jpg

MHM
Oct. 15, 2009, 08:50 PM
Flower with Bambi here..

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/04/23/books/bambi-650.jpg

Aww. Well, that part didn't look traumatic.

Walt Disney really was a super-genius.

red's girl
Oct. 15, 2009, 09:05 PM
dish of ammonia in home/den area is (gently) discouraging, mild suggestion to move on along...
unless at this point you just choose to coexist.

Best wishes for you all on the day!! Like so many others, will be with you in spirit/thoughts..

DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho"
Oct. 16, 2009, 11:47 AM
Dont even give the little guy another thought hon. You have enough on your plate to worry about. oh by the way, this is Lori in SL hahahaha. Skunk wont want to be a part of all the festivities anyhow and will likely be out for the evening. And if not, well, this wedding will surely bring you lots of memories anyhow. In Feb, my oldest daugther got married, but, broke her ankle on the way to the rehearsal dinner. OH ya, in a big way. The bride and groom did not make dinner or rehearsal LOL Kid was gonna cancel the wedding but we convinced her we could make those crutches match her dress and we did by George. She laughs about it all now. This wedding is blessed with all that is important and personally, I think skunky fits perfectly into the rest of the picture. Coyotes howling in the distance should be danced to. Relax, this is your day.

MHM
Oct. 16, 2009, 03:40 PM
Any more skunk sightings?

Not that the OP probably doesn't have enough to do right now. Good luck! :)

x-rab
Oct. 16, 2009, 04:06 PM
On the wedding and many years to come. I have been married over 35 years and as of November 15th will have been with him 41 years. I am sure "Flower" won't make an appearance and that the guys will enjoy the show and all the attention they will get before, during and afther the wedding.

UnderArmor is great for wearing under things and keeping you toasty.

SLW
Oct. 16, 2009, 04:32 PM
I dunno, for the rehearsal tonight and wedding tomorrow I might put a special KR Wedding potion in my flask- the old hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dash of dish soap mix. ;) Might come in handy!

FTR, after 7 days of clouds, wet & cold we had a smidge of sun awhile ago. Tomorrow will be perfect- the weatherman promises sun!

SLW
Oct. 16, 2009, 10:19 PM
A lil update. The skunk did not come up from hiding during the rehearsal, yeah!

KR is glowing, just glowing. Marathon Man & his kinfolk are the nicest, warmest people you could ever meet.

KR has done good. :)

MHM
Oct. 16, 2009, 11:22 PM
A lil update. The skunk did not come up from hiding during the rehearsal, yeah!


Yay! Best of luck for the big day! :cool:

MHM
Oct. 18, 2009, 07:39 AM
Well?

Any sign of Flower?

Hope it was a wonderful day!

Thomas_1
Oct. 18, 2009, 07:51 AM
The wedding is only three days away, and last night I walked into the barn to find a SKUNK scurrying across the barn aisle and underneath the hay!

So far, my beautiful farm wedding has been threatened by mud, rain and severe cold. We gave up having the wedding outside and made all our plans to move indoors. Been decorating the big equipment barn and the horse barn, rented a big tent ... almost ready when ... a SKUNK!!!

I doubt there is one thing we can do about it, either? I fear that anything we might try to get rid of the critter could result in spraying and ABSOLUTELY ruining the day. Any ideas of what to do NOW?? :eek:

Hey have you thought that this might be a sign from God or Jesus??

Could you wear face masks with perfume on to match your wedding outfits?

SLW
Oct. 18, 2009, 09:32 AM
KR & MM wedding ceremony was lovely and meaningful. Honestly hard to say who was beaming more, her or him but they were magnetic together.

As KR walked past Kings stall escorted by her two handsome sons old King stretched his head & neck out beyond his stall guard. He watched her walk the rest of the way to MM where he waited with the officiant at the far end of the barn aisle. Sure seemed like King gave MM a wink and approval before withdrawling back into his stall.

clint
Oct. 18, 2009, 09:39 AM
Awwwww, what a lovely picture. Of all the places I have heard of people having weddings, a barn would be my favorite place. Maybe Flower was watching from her secret place. :)

Bluey
Oct. 18, 2009, 09:50 AM
A lil update. The skunk did not come up from hiding during the rehearsal, yeah!

KR is glowing, just glowing. Marathon Man & his kinfolk are the nicest, warmest people you could ever meet.

KR has done good. :)

Yep, I think that all of us know that, thanks for confirming it.:cool:

Many happy years to all.:)

jazzrider
Oct. 18, 2009, 10:12 AM
As KR walked past Kings stall escorted by her two handsome sons old King stretched his head & neck out beyond his stall guard. He watched her walk the rest of the way to MM where he waited with the officiant at the far end of the barn aisle. Sure seemed like King gave MM a wink and approval before withdrawling back into his stall.

Aww, this made me tear up. What a fabulous setting for their wedding. King gave her away. :sadsmile:

King's Ransom
Oct. 18, 2009, 10:51 AM
Yes, it was an absolutely perfect day -- the sun came out, friends and family came, and walking down the barn aisle, with my best friends on the front row, was ... perfect.

No sign (or smell)of Flower.

Oh, and SLW -- Pippin was FANTASTC! I rode in the cart with Pippin pulling from the house out to the barn. What a storybook day. And for the sun to finally show up, it was all just ... perfect!

MHM
Oct. 18, 2009, 06:43 PM
Yay! Good Flower!

Where are the pictures?? :)

Bluey
Oct. 18, 2009, 06:58 PM
Yes, it was an absolutely perfect day -- the sun came out, friends and family came, and walking down the barn aisle, with my best friends on the front row, was ... perfect.

No sign (or smell)of Flower.

Oh, and SLW -- Pippin was FANTASTC! I rode in the cart with Pippin pulling from the house out to the barn. What a storybook day. And for the sun to finally show up, it was all just ... perfect!

:) :D :) :D :) :cool:

JLMet
Oct. 19, 2009, 12:26 AM
KR & MM wedding ceremony was lovely and meaningful. Honestly hard to say who was beaming more, her or him but they were magnetic together.

As KR walked past Kings stall escorted by her two handsome sons old King stretched his head & neck out beyond his stall guard. He watched her walk the rest of the way to MM where he waited with the officiant at the far end of the barn aisle. Sure seemed like King gave MM a wink and approval before withdrawling back into his stall.

Please please tell me someone got a picture of that!

SLW
Oct. 19, 2009, 07:48 AM
KR- Jeremy is a such a good young person and I enjoyed meeting him and his wonderful parents. After the lil blooper with Pippin before the ceremony he sure regrouped and did terrific. Have a safe trip!

JLMet- I was standing outside the barn at the entrance holding my mini so I doubt that was caught on a camera. It was compelling to watch King watch her walk away.

SmokenMirrors
Oct. 19, 2009, 09:06 AM
Welcome to the country and living in it....