Using a radio!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 2DogsCoop, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    Naples, FL
    Was just wondering if anyone uses a radio in their coop to help keep predators away. I talked to my uncle last night who has had chickens all his life and he told me his chickens are educated chicks. I asked why and he told me that over the past 5 years he has only lost a couple of birds to predators because he leaves a small radio on in his coop all time and he has it tuned to NPR. So he calls his girls educated. So I am going to buy a small radio to hang in our coop when we do get our girls in there. Oh and his girls are not locked up at night and free range all over his farm (central PA).
  2. Doc Henry

    Doc Henry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2009
    Georgetown Tx
    It does not work for foxes and feral cats.
  3. LadyinRed

    LadyinRed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2009
    It does not work for raccoons or possums. In fact. I've had the radio turned on and been grooming horses at night not 8 ft away from the cat food bowl and had raccoons walk up and start eating. And thats with a horse and a human nearby who is moving around alot trying to groom said draft horse.
  4. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    Naples, FL
    Thanks for the info, it has worked for him fairly good as he does lose a chicken every now and then. Was just curios if anyone else had a radio in their coop.
  5. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    Surprised, I'd figure NPR would keep all predators away.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    too bad draft horse doesn't accidentally step on them.
  7. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    doesn't keep phase a mama grizzly with cubs at all(ok, running at her screaming at it didn't phase it either......)
  8. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Gilroy, CA
    heck a possum walked along a branch up above the land owner's head tonight while we were sitting in the dark talking, after a nice dinner done on the grill.

    I went and got a flashlight and my pellet gun and gave it one, it was a small possum and I swear it dropped off the branch but then I couldn't find it.

    A radio could work, I have my coop close to my trailer, and while possums are dopey and will come around anyway, my being so close may help keep coons away,
  9. delfargo

    delfargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    i have a radio on in the coop 24/7. i had read some studies that seemed to indicate chickens who listen to music lay more eggs than those who don't. i have no way of knowing if that is true or not, but i figured "why not?"
    i, too, have the local npr station on for them. only because it's the only station that comes in clear all the time, so like it or not, that's what they listen to. classical music and left-leaning news. my chickens know more about world events than i do.
    as for the radio keeping predators away... i don't know if it works or not, but i have never had a predator in the coop.
    so it must work, right?

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