BATS!

chickenfeathers

Songster
12 Years
Apr 24, 2007
334
1
151
Virginia~Blue Ridge Mountains
We have many bats that come out at evening twilight time.

They are s-o-o- cool to watch.

Anyone else have them?


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Bats can see very well, probably better than we do at dusk, but even their eyesight needs some light and they would be unable to find their insect prey in the dark. Bats have solved this problem and can find their way about at night and locate their food by using a sophisticated high frequency echolocation system. Our hearing ranges from approximately 20Hz (cycles per second) to 15 to 20 kHz (1000Hz) depending on our age, but bat calls are generally well above this. By emitting a series of often quite loud ultrasounds that generally sweep from a high to low frequency or vary around a frequency, bats can distinguish objects and their prey and therefore avoid the object or catch the insect.

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justusnak

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Feb 28, 2007
6,016
21
286
South Eastern Indiana
We have bats here, little brown ones. I love watching them in the evenings. A few weeks ago, I had a bat get stuck in the sticky yellow fly strip thingy in the hen house. I was able to save it....havent had one get in there since! Whew! What a mess that was!
 

Hotwings

Songster
12 Years
Jan 27, 2007
833
5
161
southwestern Michigan
Glad to see you are bat lovers. So many people try to kill them. In all racoons carry more rabies than bats. Bats are vital in keeping the insect population under control.
 

Chirpy

Balderdash
12 Years
May 24, 2007
3,788
24
221
Colorado
We've been thinking of putting up bat houses to encourage them to come around here to help with mosquitos.

Anyone else have bat houses? Did you make them, if so how? How far away from the chicken house would put bat houses? Or, would you keep them close?
 

justusnak

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Feb 28, 2007
6,016
21
286
South Eastern Indiana
It was awfull.....seeing that little bat in the sticky paper. I got a pair of THICK gloves...and carefully peeled it off. It was hard trying to make sure the wing leather was not torn. It took me quite some time, letting the bat rest in between. A little warm water....to soften the glue....then I placed the bat on top of a ladder, so the chickens could not get to it. I watched it clean itself from the glue...and later it was gone. Guess it flew off. Havent seen one in the coop since.
 

rooster-red

Here comes the Rooster
12 Years
Jun 10, 2007
7,005
46
261
Douglasville GA
We have had 3 bat houses on our land for about 4 years now.

We sometimes watch them hunting insects drawn by the security light. I've had one catch a bug about a foot over my head, didn't get to see it, just heard it.
 

Bubba

Songster
12 Years
Jun 18, 2007
479
2
141
I would place the bat box away from your birds. They will take out a bat in midflight if they are hungry....

Also the bat poop is very HOT (not physically) like chicken poop. You need to compost it before adding it to plants or you will burn them.

You can make alot of things into bat boxes or make bat boxes alot of ways. I would recommend using a search engine and finding a design you like. I doubt you want to build a concrete cave for them


Bubba

PS Bats eat more insects then any other mammal (Pretty sure its animal to)
 

eggzettera

Songster
12 Years
Mar 9, 2007
1,495
10
181
Eggzile and / or Utah
Pretty sure they need to be at least 10 feet off the ground so they have enough "clearance" to take off and I have heard that if you do a "dry soak" with the house in bat gauno they will locate it quicker. You should be able to find guano at the Landscaping centers in the fertilizer section.
 
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