Would a light on motion detection deter predators?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by birdy_num_nums, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums Out Of The Brooder

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    Our backyard light is on a motion detector. Just wondering if this could help as part of our layers of predator defense?

    Our main predator concerns are: coyote, bobcat, skunk, racoon, loose dogs, mountain lion. At least that I know of so far....

    Also wondering if it would be worth it to add another light out at the coop that is motion sensitive but also solar (no electricity to coop).
     
  2. lewisfarmgurl

    lewisfarmgurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry wrong light system. Will look up the right one, that one I was researching for my coop and it says it doesn't work.
     
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  3. lewisfarmgurl

    lewisfarmgurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://www.longshadowfarms.com/predator.html


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    couldn't find the post about what lights to use but I did add a place I looked up to help me and my husband get prepared for when our chicks come.

    I hope this helps you some untill someone else can post more info for you.
     
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it MIGHT be a deterent but if you have the same predator coming around for a while it might get used to it and it may not work anymore. If you can see the light though or are a sensitive sleeper, it might help you to go check when it goes off. Or it might keep you up when it goes off!!! [​IMG]

    There is supposively a predator light that some people swear by. I didnt check the previous posts links, but I thoght it was on one of our sponsors links....
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    It will help you see and temporarily take the night vision of the predator away. They will get used to it and skulk at the edges. Most sensors are set so they don;t trigger to pet-sized animals though. Won't hurt and if you have to rush out you'll have some light.
     
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  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I know raccoons don't care if there is light or not. They are always setting off the house motion light and it doesn't bother them at all.
     
  7. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    The only deterent is electric fence or a very secure house with wire over the windows.
    I want to look into the mesh that is electric, even a small jolt will help.
    Farmers and such here in Maine will take a electric wire and place peanut butter on it. That way animals will immediately go to it, as its forgein, get a jolt and run away from the garden or fence.
    Good luck!
     
  8. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i saw a product for sale in a catalog recently that had a constant blinking red light. it was light (dark?) activated, so it would run constantly from sundown from sunup. but, however, i've got no idea if that would work or not. might just be a gimmick.
     

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