Thanks for all notes of experience, the formula, the alert about moth balls. I wouldn't think amonia rags could be much better, would they? Doesn't urine in bedding create amonia that is bad for horses upper respiratory wise? I remember being told to get down near the floor of the stall to take a whiff of what a horse is smelling while eating and having his head down. And isn't the vapor created by mixing amonia with bleach deadly even in small amounts?
Didn't see the skunk today or yesterday, but has been raining. The day before the whole area behind the feed trough was in disarray. Trash can knocked over, grooming tote dumped, bale of hay askew, loose flakes knocked off. I went up to the farmhouse to see what they knew of it, they think maybe the dog was after the skunk.
There's a Great Horned Owl lives in a tree in the far field, always a treat to hear or see him (rarely), much prefer him over the skunk as far as living near wildlife goes. Plus I know HE hunts and eats mice.
And of course the barn swallow babies will be learning to fly soon enough, always fun to watch. The barn is pretty much open and they zoom in and out Waldo Pepper style, it's a hoot.