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blackandwhitediner

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Greetings from The Black and White Diner (our courtyard)! My name is Kari and my husband is Steve. We don't get to have (a) pet skunk(s) because we're in Texas (South Texas), but late last year and this year, we have had a "surfeit". I'm not sure I fully appreciate that term, having looked up the definition. Anyway, we've had a bunch.
We've fed skunks (and possums) off & on for years. We had a group of 3 that used to show up promptly at sundown and wait, years ago- so when we discovered that we had another group, we decided to get a surveillance camera. And the show began!

One of them is a feisty little girl (or possibly cryptorchid male) with 3 legs that we named Lovey (originally Triskelion). We tried to find a rescue/ sanctuary that would take her because we also have at least 1 fox and at least 2 Great Horned Owls (judging by the hoots), but failing that and watching her over time, we realized she probably *is* better off, this neighborhood being her home. She must be pretty smart (and Blessed) because she's not a baby.
She's also a very good little skunk (they all are, mostly). We can walk right past when she's under the deck and she just waits till we're past, then comes right out as soon as the door is closed. 

We're having a lull in activity (Lurking owls? Or more probably, aggressive raccoons), so it seemed like a good time to seek a forum. I'm hoping someone can help us figure out how to worm them- safely, and some ideas on getting them to eat something besides dog food (We don't/ won't serve cat food). They've turned up their cute little noses at bell peppers, yams, blueberries, & cranberries so far. Some of them will eat ground meat (lean) and rice- which is our dogs' evening meal or baked chicken breast, but many go straight to the dog food and won't even sniff at the real food. I now know that ground meat- or esp rice, isn't good for them. (Or is ground meat okay?)
I'm also interested in joining any advocacy group that might be working on getting the laws changed. (Doubtful this will happen in my lifetime- not young, but I just can't stand ignorance and misinformation. It needs to change.)

The current stars of our "show" are Lovey, Snowflake, Jack, and Domino. Snowflake and Jack are both missing (?) their right eyes (Snowflake had 2 eyes. I guess we're lucky we missed how that happened.). Steve says Domino's tail looks like fireworks. It does. And his tail is easily 4 times bigger than he is (little bitty guy). 
Our pictures won't be as good as y'all's because they're IR, but I do have a video that we think is just priceless. It is Snowflake- one of the original 4 (and resident drama queen), and a raccoon. She is a real cutie and really lays it on thick in this video. (I may have to get help from one of my video programs because the cameras take .avi files)

Here's Lovey from back in February


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Maria

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Welcome to the forum! We too, live with a surfeit of skunks, Conner, Phoebe, Zedd, Brody, Jesse, Suki, Darcy and Finn. Ours are all domestic though.

Try chicken necks, raw and also gizzards and hearts. Most of mine won't eat ground meat, they like something they can hold with their front paws and gnaw on. Quail eggs are much loved too.
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blackandwhitediner

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Thanks, Maria! I'm embarrassed it didn't occur to me about chicken necks- & gizzards, esp.
Quail eggs are very posh- I love it. Perfect for skunks. And just the right size, too.
I'm assuming I should probably boil these to avoid a mess.
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No, just serve them raw. The shells are very soft on quail eggs and they provide much needed minerals.
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Welcome to the forum! So glad you could join!

When I was younger we had a group of regulars at our bird feeder. You could tell them apart by their size, pattern, and colors. It really was fun to watch.

Being wild, the skunks probably don't need wormed as their is a natural cycle they go through to keep from being over-loaded and messing with it could throw things off.

Hope this helps!
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blackandwhitediner

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Thank you, Gita. It does help. A lot.

They're a blast to watch. And precious and funny. As much as their looks, their individual personalities are really distinctive. I love that they are so polite and deferential to one another and the possums. The males all seem to be such gentlemen and the ladies, full of spunk and spice. I'm convinced that anyone who doesn't love skunks has just never spent any time watching them. 

We're not very happy right now. Our lull is approaching 10 days and we miss them. The possum mamas are back, but the only skunkie we've had is a new one (or one we haven't seen in a long time- before we started giving them names). We were spoiled, I guess. An average night was 4 and a "big" night was 7 or 8 over the course of the evening. I'm worried, but they're wild things. Hopefully, they'll be back soon. (The blasted raccoons never fail to show up.)


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Maria, I'm so anxious to see how they respond to your suggestions. And anxious for them to get to work on the bugs, too. 
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