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Would a radio in a coop at night, help to ward off predators??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mmtillman, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. My hubby wired our coop with electric...so he was wondering if we kept a small little radio playing ...just at night? ...maybe a talk show station ? ....that having one on at night might deter predators??
    I would think the sound of voices might keep them leary of coming around??
    Anyone have any experience with this?
    [​IMG] I suggested my hubby pee all around the coop...[​IMG] Mark our territory , that might help?? [​IMG]
    After we lost our flock last year, we just keep coming up with these different ways to deter attacks to our chickens....[​IMG]

  2. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    i think like anything else the preditors would get used to the radio, we keep a baby monior in our coop , no attacks yet, just one owl but he was in and out he ddnt come back or take any chickens

    now about the pissin around the coop , i dont know if it works or not, but i do it

    not because of the scent thing or not but because that is a quick out of the way (out of sight)place to pee, i imagine our human scent would make anything weary of our presence but the effectiveness i dont know.

    we have not had a coon , possum, stray dog, etc even come to the barn ,coop inside

    so maybe give it all a try, just remember a secure coop is the very best bet

    hope this helps
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Most predators are attracted to noise. They get curious and have to investigate.
  4. chellebyerly

    chellebyerly Songster

    Feb 21, 2009
    Jasper Texas
    I dont know if the radio would work or not. I know that deer and such get used to it and just come on into the garden...

    Change things up some. put out soap one week, (bars) then pee, then fabric softner. then the radio.

    I do know that my kids pee all over my coop. BUT, I also know, that I hunt. I have been known to get down out of my stand, go pee two or three times, and then kill a good buck. ( I was 8 months pregnant... I couldnt hold it... LOL)

    I also run a thermacell, I used to smoke, and always had coffee or a soda with me. I still did quite well, and I hunted an open tree stand. (15 or more feet off the ground, just a ladder with a plywood shelf for me to sit on... )

    I think that if you change things up, and are dilegent, you will keep some or most things at bay. But you can never guarentee anything.
  5. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Songster

    Apr 1, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I'll have to tell this to my hubbie this. He'll do it too!
  6. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I use about everything there is to keep the predators out. If it came right down to it, I would rather lose the use of the electric fence before the radio. I have had a radio in my coops for a long time, they help. There is no sure fire thing to stop a predator if it wants in. I have had bear go threw the electric fence, but turn and run from the radio on a talk show. It has something to do with the human voice. Don't put it on a music station, that won't work.
  7. crazy cat lady

    crazy cat lady Songster

    Nov 20, 2008
    NW Illinois
    I have had a radio in my chicken coop 24/7 since last Spring and so far have had no problem with the raccoons coming around. This is the time last year they wreaked havoc with my ducks and chickens. Lost all my ducks (starting all over again this year). Then they took a few of my chickens until I put in the radio, haven't lost one yet (knock on wood).

  8. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    What about leaving a light on?
  9. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    we have a small night light in our coop so the guineas can see and throw a fit when somethin new is in thereand we can hear it on the baby monitor,

    this seems to work really well had a stray cat wonder in the barn last night and what a rucus hose guineas threw
  10. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    We have a motion sensing spot light that shines onto our chicken house. The chickens are actually locked inside the house each night so they can't set the light off. One night a fox tripped our driveway alarm so I was watching him through a darkened window. When he approached the chicken house and the light flipped on he ran away very fast.
    I'm intrigued by the talk radio suggestions. I will be keeping that in mind.

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