Do spotlights deter predators ?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CamillaRules, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. CamillaRules

    CamillaRules In the Brooder

    Sep 29, 2009
    The fisher cat came back at 4 a.m. today! Our Newfoundland dog raised hell and we turned on the floodlights, but someone suggested getting a motion detecting, solar-powered spot light. I was going to position it right over the hatch door. Has anyone tried these and do they work? My 6 remaining hens were still a little upset this a.m., but everyone's alive, thank goodness.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011

  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Predators around here aren't bothered in the least by lights.

    Maybe a very wild, very shy animal might be the first time. The most likely reaction would be to freeze and then if nothing happens, to ignore the light.

    If the light goes on and then someone blasts a shotgun at them they will be more cautious in the future about the spotlight going on.

    I suggest that you take a good look at the state of your fencing to keep your visitor out of your coop.

    I wish bright lights did frighten them. There would be a lot less wildlife dead on the roads.
  3. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    No, I don't think so. We have a streetlight type of light in the back as well as front yards that light things up well at night, but I have seen coons and foxes both right under the lights. I heard a radio on a talk station might help but secure the coop for sure.
  4. effie

    effie Songster

    Mar 5, 2011
    West(by god) Virginia
    Here is what I wonder-now that I am typing this I am going to try it tonight. I have motion lights and I wonder if you took the bulb out and screw in an outlet plug and then plug in a radio to it. Put it on high on a station you get well and see if this works. I have always wanted to try it for the deer that eat my flowers every year [​IMG] It is a thought!!!

  5. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Songster

    There is a sprinkler that is motion activated. Wonder if that would work at night. I'm thinking a shot in the face with water would be a good deterrent.

    If not, we're fans of electrical hot wire fencing. Keeps everyone and every thing away from the coop/run!
  6. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I had the floods on for my wife because in the winter it's dark when she gets home from work. Just happened to be watching 3 deer in the back corner and not 10' feet from the house I see a nice healthy Red fox heading towards where we now have chickens. At that time we had no birds. Even as a kid I would see coons opossum and other assorted critters walk through the floods. I've noticed motion lights will freeze them for a second, when they realize alls well they mosey about their business like nothing happened.
  7. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    Quote:We definatly have fox around and they are hungry. Saw two crossing the lawn the other day. We put a radio out in the barn two weeks ago for the cows. (helps them get used to noise) I wondered myself if this would help deter the fox. As I said, I have seen two in the past week, but they were no where near the barn and certainly could have been if they wanted to and certainly they can hear our chickens. Might be worth trying!

  8. CamillaRules

    CamillaRules In the Brooder

    Sep 29, 2009
    Quote:My second thought was to get out there with the gun, but I think it would be gone before I spotted it.
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    google leaning pole set the top coupla links are pretty good just another option

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