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Coop lighting questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenToes, May 23, 2008.

  1. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I was thinking about putting a couple lights around the coop. They would shine mostly on the run and the outside walls of the coop. Would this help to deter predators? At all? Even though the light wouldn't be shining directly into the coop, would it disturb the chickens?
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It probably wouldn't bother the chickens, but I don't know about deterring the predators part. The predators that you are wanting to deter are nocturnal and are just naturally awake at night or they would bother your chickens during the day. I really don't think the lights would phase them. The only thing that the light would probably help with is to be able to see the predators when they are on the prowl! Then you could get a better aim to take care of them!
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    That's sort of what I was thinking, even if the lights didn't deter the predators, at least I'd be able to see what was attacking the coop!
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Motion sensored flood lights would startle the predators for sure...they are accustomed to the dark and suddenly there is a bright light...they tend to run off and re-evaluate. When it keeps happening, they may just be deterred.

    The fox around here was being a nuisance before I got the girls so I put one of those on the side of the house...it went off on im and he jumped about 5 feet straight up, took off and steers wide around that area now. It was funny to watch. [​IMG]
     

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