Motion Lights

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GloriaH, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. GloriaH

    GloriaH Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Watertown, Tennessee
    Do you think that if I put motion lights around my coop it would keep the preds away or would it just help them to see which chicken they want for dinner. Lost another Bantie this morning or last night. I found a fresh duck egg that had been broken open and eaten on the lawn. Think Coons?
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Motion lights will help keep predators away. The key word is "help".

    Things to consider + Pros&Cons:

    1-Predators have good night vision. When the lights go on it is blinding to
    them so it won't help them see the chickens.

    2-There is a huge difference between a cheap motion ($12) and a good motion
    sensor ($50). Don't skimp on it.

    3-Some predators, like coons, will get used to it.

    4-The light may mess with the chickens sleep. Keep the light off the chickens.

    5-Spotlights use electricity, not a whole lot, but enough to jack up your bill
    a couple bucks a month.

    6-Motions need mass with heat to turn on. Small animals like rats won't trigger

    I have motions on my barn and house and love them.
  3. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    ok i thought about this why not buy a motion light and one of those screw in outlets that go in between the bulb and socket.plug in a radio and set it on a loud station. when the light comes on the radio dose to. just a thought what ya think????
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2007
  4. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:Thats a great idea!! Would work for the 2 legged kind of predator too. [​IMG] :You may find some soiled jeans in your yard!![​IMG]
  5. GloriaH

    GloriaH Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Watertown, Tennessee
  6. GloriaH

    GloriaH Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Watertown, Tennessee
    I'm also thinking a hot wire on the outside of the coop yard. Do you think about 2 feet off the ground sounds right? If I put the light on the outside of the coop it would face away from the chickens. I was thinking solar, although our electric isn't that high I could use a plug in light.

    THIS IS WAR!!! :thun
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Quote:I use this type of a set up on my property. The radio works great also, I use something I found a the local flea market called a whisler. All this goes along with my electric fence. If you want to keep coon, fox, skunks out, put the first wire at 6 to 8 inches off the ground. The next wire needs to be 16 to 18 inches off the ground and your last wire between 30 and 36 inches off the ground. But if you think you may have a bear problem, place two strands of barb wire around your chicken yard. One at 18 inches the other at 3 feet.
  8. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    Quote:and one about 6 inches off the ground to keep them from digging under.
    tractor supply has a solar fencener box for about $90.

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