Motion lights outside duck coop, good idea or bad?

Mar 26, 2020
Southern Vermont
I am thinking of putting motion sensor lights on the coop, they are inside 500+ feet of 4’ electronet which has so far done a great job, I regularly set traps for racoon and possum, and whatever else i can catch but haven’t caught much recently. I get home after dark now, all the ducks are inside waiting to be put to bed, but i worry about fox or anything that can jump the fence if highly motivated enough, wondering if lights would deter or just illuminate their dinner?


Hilltop Farm
14 Years
Nov 18, 2007
My Coop
My Coop
Years ago I tried motion light and here the predators got used to them and would set them off and not seem to be bothered with them. I have electric wires around my coops and pens and good heavy duty netting covering my pens for aerial predator and concrete under the gates. I see predators most nights on my cameras when they roam here but they respect the hot wires. Good luck...

Coyotes can jump. My fences are 5' tall and a coyote years ago went over one of my fences. It also went back out as some of the birds went out over the fence. I lost some birds that day.

Crazy Maizie

Jul 3, 2020
I have motion lights, not for predators, just us humans. I watched the fox walk right up, activate the light, and stand there surveying. It ran off, but the light didn't deter it.

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