New Neighbors in the Farmyard — 11 Comments

  1. Oh gosh. I didn’t know they eat chickens. I’ve seen some in our neighbor’s yard from time to time. Yikes. Thanks for sharing this with us at the HomeAcre Hop. We’d love to have you back again tomorrow:

  2. Its amazing how much fear those little critters can instill!
    Nothing like getting skunked! My mom had one come in her doggy door. Dog rushed/skunk sprayed and took forever for smell to leave.

  3. Interesting post…Where we live in So Ca it is quite rare for us to smell skunk and I have never seen one! I did not realize until recently that stoats were bigger than weasels and hunted rabbit. Have a great week πŸ™‚

    • Apparently by this time of year, the little skunks should be about ready to head out on their own, so I hope they’re not around for long. Otherwise I’m sure we’re going to end up smelling them quite a lot. Us and our two closes neighbors have 7 dogs between us, so the longer they stay the more inevitable it becomes! πŸ™‚

      I didn’t realize some species of weasels were so adaptive–much like coyotes, it turns out. And much more common than I would have thought.

  4. If you give a Homeschool Mom a skunk . . . just look at the learning that takes place! Thanks for the education on wildlife this week πŸ™‚
    stopping by from the Real Life Homeschool Blog Hop

    • It’s funny, right, but once you get in a mindset to learn, you find yourself looking up everything! Developing a teaching mindset for our kids has helped me rejuvinate my own learning mindset! πŸ™‚ Although skunks and weasels I wouldn’t have minded doing without! LOL

  5. oh…the only place I have ever seen a skunk is in the road. The dogs have been sprayed before but that’s it. I didn’t know they were in the weasel family. That’s something to know. As far as living in Virginia, there’s no telling what you might see. Virginia has been bringing quite a few things to live here that never was before. Anybody that had livestock or horses around battle( I do mean battle) coyote’s. As for us, our enemy of lately has been foxes but we’re working on Loved the post. Thanks for sharing on the Home Acre Hop.

    • Yes, I never would have taken the idea of a weasel seriously, but it explains a few things about our chicken coop too. They never talk about weasels in school, and they don’t have one at the Virginia Living Museum either (not that they have everything–but they do have river otters, so…). It just never occurred to me that they would be so common until we started looking into it.

  6. Oh skunks! Whew – we’ve tangled with them before and some days I still think Katie smells and it’s been at least 3 years. Love how you googled the audio files – I think I’m coming to see you when I have wildlife questions!

    • Yeah, once I shared the audio files with the kids, they had a blast listening to ALL the animals. They totally slept through the camping “adventure” and had no idea what I was talking about!