Is it true that light on the house can scare away predators from chickens coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickadee-23, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told if u put a outside light on the coop it would keep the predators away, just wondering if its true or not? Thanks
     
  2. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you live in an area that is pretty dark, a light will help keep away several nighttime predators. if your in the city, most of them are already accustomed to the light.
     
  3. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks i live in the country, on about 7 acres of land and yes its mostly dark, so i need an outside light for my chickens house :)
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I definitely would not count on it. Predators get used to many things, including human activity.
     
  5. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your right, its not going to "predator proof" your hen house by no means. it will help some though.

    i thought it should also be mentioned that running white lights 24 hours on a backyard flock is not a good idea. i tried this for heat reasons in my barns, in the spring when I turned them off; i forced most of the chickens in that building into a molt.
     
  6. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, the only predator i had so far is a opposum & owls, and they scared of me lol :) thanks
     
  7. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two of these: http://www.harborfreight.com/36-led-solar-security-light-69644.html

    I mounted them on the pen on opposite sides, they act like a normal solar light giving dim light until movement is sensed then they get much brighter for a minute or so. Do they really keep things away, not sure but they make me feel better. It's my thought(hope?) that the change in brightness will startle critters more than a steady level of light. I'm pretty sure that my coop/run is secure anyway, I never close the door to the coop.
     
  8. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the best thing i have found to keep predators away is dogs. i space them around the place near the doors of the coops. we have alot of trouble with theft around here, the dogs help that too.
     
  9. silver-quail

    silver-quail Out Of The Brooder

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    Lights don't work but guns do
     
  10. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure do!
     

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