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Skunk in the Barn: 3 days Before the Wedding!

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  • Skunk in the Barn: 3 days Before the Wedding!

    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??

  • #2
    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.


    • #3
      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.
      Last edited by Robin@DHH; Oct. 15, 2009, 11:13 AM. Reason: Can't read numbers right, eyes getting old (sigh)
      Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
      Elmwood, Wisconsin


      • Original Poster

        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!


        • #5
          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.
          "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh


          • #6
            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!


            • #7
              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??
              Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


              • #8
                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.
                "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
                <>< I.I.


                • #9
                  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.


                  • #10
                    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!


                    • #11
                      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!
                      They're not miniatures, they're concentrates.

                      Born tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth


                      • #12
                        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!
                        Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                        • #13
                          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!


                          • #14
                            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.
                            Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


                            • #15
                              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.
                              Last edited by JanM; Oct. 15, 2009, 07:47 PM.
                              You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                              • #16
                                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.
                                Mystic Owl Sporthorses


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                                  Whatever, enjoy and keep the camera handy!
                                  I laughed out loud at this suggestion!

                                  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.


                                  • #18
                                    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.)
                                    Nevertheless, she persisted.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by RainyDayRide View Post
                                      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!


                                      • #20
                                        Flower was in Bambi. I really wish I had thought of that name for our skunk; I think it fits.
                                        Mystic Owl Sporthorses