Predators and Heat Lamp

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PolkaDot77, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chirping

    Aug 26, 2012
    Boise, ID
    Our coop has had a string of predator problems this winter... a fox, skunk and raccoons. Coincidentally, perhaps, it has also been the first year we have used a heat lamp out in the covered run area of the coop. Since this is the first winter that we have had predator problems as well as had a heat lamp lighting up the coop, I am wondering if the two could be at all connected. We live in a city and rarely see animals around, but for some reason our coop seems to be a big target this winter. Could the lighting have anything to do with it?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    My guess is that the increased predator activity is more coincidental than cause and effect from the heat lamp.
  3. I would agree with sourland and suspect that it has more to do with the record breaking cold temperatures over the whole country this winter. But I can say this, if I were a fox living out in the elements this winter, I would sure be keen to score myself a piping hot bowl of chicken soup, wouldn't you?

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