Anyone using a Nite Guard Solar?

Trekker

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 21, 2011
64
9
41
Campobello Island
I'm a little late asking if anyone uses one of these and if so do you think it really works, I bought one and installed it today.

This photo and short explanation in my bolg explains what I'm talking about and how it is supposed to work.

http://dalecaldersblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/finishing-touches.html

My day old chicks should arrive tomorrow and the brooder is set-up in the coop so if it works I'm glad to have it installed. It's been more than 20 years since I've kept hens and this time around I'm trying to build the most secure coop and yard that I possibly can. In the past I have had predator attacks from dogs, raccoon, weasel and coyote. The few hens that I'm getting will be more for pets than anything else. The eggs will be a nice bonus but I'm a vegetarian so they won't need to worry about ending up in the oven. LOL

If you have had experience with this or know of someone who has your comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all of the people who have welcomed me to the forum and made such nice comments about my coop.
 

Noymira

Songster
8 Years
Mar 9, 2011
978
4
121
Chittenden County, VT
Do search and you'll bring up a few threads, I know I've seen at least 3 threads mentioning this in the last few weeks. I'll edit my post if I find them!

Here's one...
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=450780

And another...
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=444981

And another....
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=434067

And another....
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=353681

I've haven't read them all, but hopefully this will give you some input!
 
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falinagirl

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 3, 2011
54
2
29
Arizona
I installed mine yesterday and last night little red eyes were blinking next to the coop pop door. I am also curious to know if it works!

Have fun with your chickens
 

Dennq

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jun 23, 2010
23
0
22
The great white north.
I used four of them last year along with a radio playing near the coop. Save your money. The coons will attack as soon as they get used to them.
 

Fritatta

Chirping
8 Years
May 16, 2011
219
1
79
Woodstock, GA
I put one up about 4 months ago.
Since then Ive had 2 raccoon attacks. Yes, I think they get accustomed to it
But it is still flashing! every day
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
393
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I am a Nite Guard user, and a happy one, at that. Before I had chickens, I built two raised goldfish/Koi ponds. There was nightly predation from raccoons. I lost the Koi first, then some of the goldfish. I replaced them with feeder goldfish every now and then.

Shortly after I got chickens, I put up 3 Nite Guard units on the three sides of the chicken run, figuring the fourth side was close enough to my house (about 10 feet) to be able to fly with 3 sides "protected."

THAT NIGHT the raccoon predation of my ponds stopped. Totally. No aquatic plant destruction, no fish gone.... My 20 cent goldfish are now at least 6 or 7 inches long.

The Nite Guard units have been up over a year and I have had raccoons go through the FRONT yard, but not into the back yard. I pulled down the chicken run some months ago as the whole flock ranges freely and they go into their coops at night. (Except for the ones that persist in roosting on the back porch rail, all in a row.)

No raccoons. I intend to place a few more units here and there, and will be using them when I move in a couple months up into the foothills.
 

Chickmate

Songster
10 Years
Nov 10, 2009
982
10
131
SE Michigan
I put up four solar Nite Guards last year, one on each side of the coop, even before I had any chickens. I now have 32 chickens and so far not one raccoon or predator of any kind in my yard or near the coop.
 

Trekker

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 21, 2011
64
9
41
Campobello Island
Thanks everyone for your comments there certainly seems t be a wide range of experiences so I guess the ting to do is wait and see how it works for me. It is only one of my line of defences the coop is very secure and when I build the run, shortly, I will be doing everything possible to make it secure too. I also plan to surround the whole area with electric poultry netting so I can let the girls out of their run to free range when ever I'm home and around the property.
 

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