Who "lives with bats" instead of against them?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by aPrimitive, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. aPrimitive

    aPrimitive Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you work with bats? Build bat houses to use them as night-time insect control and use the guano as fertilizer??
     
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    We have lots of bats in Ft Knox, sometimes we sit out in the dark and watch them. One time a straggler hung in our front entry for the day.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    We have bats. I love them - when they're outside. Not so much when they get in the house. I don't have bat houses, but we live on a farm with lots of old buildings and dead trees so they have plenty of shelter.
     
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  4. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have bats flying around here on summer evenings. We put up a bat box 3 or 4 years ago, they never moved in. The hawks like to use it as a perch as they drool over our 4 hens so I may take it down.
     
  5. aPrimitive

    aPrimitive Out Of The Brooder

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    I read the location of the house has a lot to do with whether or not they will move in.
     
  6. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've read that too! Varies with the species but generally east or southeast, 10' - 15' up, some like shade...some not. Mine faces Southeast about 10' up, 5' if they measure from the shed roof, if they're that picky they can live elsewhere. Apparently they have! [​IMG]
     
  7. aPrimitive

    aPrimitive Out Of The Brooder

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    I actually read southwest. I doubt the shed roof would matter. I know they need to be about 10ft off the ground to avoid predators and that they like the sides of buildings due to less predication being able to get at them. The shed roof may be the reason they don't move in easier for predators to get to them, but Idk [​IMG]
     

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