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Predator light..

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I saw a ad for a lil red flashing light that "scares" predators away.. have any of you used these on your coops or runs and do they work? Thanks for your time.

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That sounds interesting!  I'd like to hear the responses myself.  I hope fellow BYC'ers have had experience with this and can give a thumbs up or down. smile

You may get more responses if you post it under "Predators and Pests though".


Edited by Keltara - 7/18/11 at 6:15am

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post #3 of 11

I saw a ad for a lil red flashing light that "scares" predators away.


I doubt it, but it will probably work as well as a shiny pie-plate spinning in the wind, but maybe it won't.  It will surely irritate the neighbors.  Don't fall for the Ultra-sound plug-in machines either.  They are supposed to scare away almost everything!

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post #4 of 11

I don't think they're worth the money. My dad tried everything under the sun to keep raccoons out of his corn patch, including devices similar to these predator lights. Nothing worked for more than a few nights because the raccoons got used to it.

Not only that, but those things seem way overpriced for what is essentially a red light bulb!

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Thanks for the info...and saving me money.

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I read on here awhile back about a guy who strung up old Halloween lights he found in the closet.   It was a strand of lights, each was a set of eyes with a different size and shape.   I also think they may have even been motion detecting ones, that would light up if you got close by.   Anyways, someone liked his idea and googled it and found a strand of those very same lights for something like 4 dollars.  I'm headed out the door right now so I can't search for the thread but that's a start, sounded better than anything else as he said things like you described only work for a little while until the predator figures it out.

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post #7 of 11

I have heard different things from different people about using night time lights to scare away predators. I have always had a bad predator problem as for years I have kept quail in aviaries that being at ground level, the critters cruised every night looking for a meal. I never had any "break ins' however their tracks and scat were everywhere.

So I thought I might try solar lighting. I bought a few of the brightest ones, (you can buy bright, brighter, or brightest), and I put them in the areas these critters were bothering the aviaries. Well, the night time bandits stopped coming to that area! However they started working on another area. So I bought more lights and well, they completely stopped coming!.

These solar lights completely surround my aviaries and of course this year when I started up with chickens, I did the same thing all around the run and especially around the coop. I have not had ANY critter trouble what so ever. Not a print, a poop, not a smell. Nothing.

However my yard IS lit up like an airport runway, lol it worked for me.

Now not everyone has luck with them. But you could try and see if they work. These lights don't need direct sun light all the time, as long as it is fairly light outside, they will even charge on a cloudy day.

Good luck! smile

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post #8 of 11

I don't know what you mean by a red flash light, but I hunt for predators and I use a red light because they said they can't see the color red. I hope this help.

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post #9 of 11

I have 'solar night eyes'.  It is great that once they are charged (they come charged actually)--- You needn't do anything, except perhaps an occasional move around. 

I know we have predators around here...the complete gamut.  This is one of the defenses I have for my pet chickens.

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post #10 of 11

Someone on this board who was having big problems with predators has been having great luck with one of these predator lights. I'm not sure if it's night eyes or another brand but they said they haven't trapped any and had no losses since they started using it. They posted about it in the section about predators.

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