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Don't waste your money on these.........I've seen numerous game cam videos showing predators right next to 'night eyes'.
You're much better off spending that money on hardware cloth to keep your coop secure.....
.....and your bedroom window.
Really? We've used them and have had no problems so far. We also have net fencing and an automated coop door. Then again, it may be that certain measures work for certain areas of the country where others do not.

You use them and say they work because you haven't had any problems...not really proof IMO.

 

The vids I saw with preds pacing all around right past the Night Eyes flashing steadily on the coop/run,

and in one case getting into, a run/coop proves to me that they don't work....only secure fencing and doors keep predators out of run/coop.

 

The flashing lights might alarm wildlife when first installed, but they are pretty savvy in realizing after a short time what, and what isn't, a real threat.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #22 of 23
I think motion sensored lights probably do more good than predator eyes. Wildlife acclimates pretty easily to stuff mainly because of the time and patience to watch something long enough to see if it is a real threat. I bought one set of predator eyes with plans to move them from spot to spot but wasn't really counting on them just another little thing thrown into the mix to keep the wildlife guessing and wary. No doubt over time moving them around won't accomplish anything either. The motion sensored lights however seem to be a better deterrent. At our old house I had our back fence set up with several motion sensored lights(Mr.Beams lights on Amazon) and everyone laughed but for the last two years we lived there all wildlife tracks disappeared from along that fence including raccoon tracks. There was enough soft dirt(sometimes mud) in the area of the lights to be able to keep track of how effective they were. Now I didn't have chickens as a motivator at that house so take that with a grain of salt but remembering how effective the lights were there, I have set two up here facing the coop. Tons of mud here due to all the rain and no tracks of anything so far. How long will it work? Who knows. I am betting it will be the raccoons who figure it out first that the lights won't hurt them. But I am not depending on them, just something else thrown into the mix. Just my thoughts..... smile.png
post #23 of 23
I just wanted to add to the above: I already had a bunch of lights so no added cost at startup to put them up. And since I had them all available monies went into hardware cloth. I have never considered them the first line of defense.....just added "possible deterrent". big_smile.png
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