Just a thought.. lights for coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by WindyOaksYokes, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Okay, I was unsure what topic to put this under... But, DH and I were talking the other night about predators and how others are loosing chickens and how lucky we have been that we have not lost one single one so far... except for a duck that never gets put up. Anyways, we thought it might have something to do with the lights we have up. In the begining after the chicks got bigger and we pulled down the heat lights, I told DH that I still wanted to keep up some type of light so that I could see what was going on at night. So, he put these lights up for me (pics). It has detered the predators. We also thought if you did not want to put up these type of lights up... what about motion lights. Just a thought to keep the predators away. I will say, we do have our fare share of predators... we live on 40 acres with everything from foxes, cats, coons, skunks, possoms, bears... you name it... we have it. I honestly feel that they steer clear because of the lights.... we also have dogs... but they didnt get moved to the coop area until after we lost the duck, and it was for procautionary measures only.

    Just a thought and good luck

    Last edited: Aug 12, 2007
  2. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Songster

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    I like the idea of a motion-sensing light. I wonder if it would work? I have not lost any of my babies, but we're in the city so the only "predators" really are cats and dogs.
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    My coop has two motion sensor floods above it. If anything approaches from any
    angle they turn on. Seems to work great.
  4. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Northwest Indiana
    Hmmm...We haven't lost a chicken to predators ever, either, and now that I see your post I wonder if it's because of the motion sensing light we have on the back of the garage, near the coops. [​IMG] Interesting thought!
  5. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Makes you wonder huh? [​IMG] DH was the one that suggested that I say something about it... thought it might help those that have been loosing theirs to the nasty predators. I do have to say too though... my son also puts out live traps... interesting though we have not caught anything for a while since the lights went up. It was just a thought and wanted to try to help... glad to know that their are others out there with lights too and no attacks... wonder if I need to do a poll [​IMG] find out if its the lights or what [​IMG]

  6. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    Motion Detecting lights work great. Thou a smart predator will get used to it (Ignore it after time).

  7. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    can you put those lights on flash mode and give the chickies a little disco music they could party all night
  8. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
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    mdbucks... to funny... I guess I could try that... they might just enjoy it. [​IMG]

    Bubba... even if you are catching them in traps????
  9. usbr

    usbr Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Bubba is right, they will get used to lights after a while, even motion lights. I have a high pressure sodium light down by the barn thats on dust-dawn and it is very helpful for predator deterant... I can see them when they walk under the light. I cant shoot what I cant see so it has paid for itself many times over, even if it doesent directally deter predators.

    As for the motion lights, again, animals get used to them. I have one by my sliding glass door in the back of the house and I have found fox scat less than 10 feet from the back door.

    I wouldnt bet the life of my animals on any lights...


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