No matter what your chicken coop might look like, or purpose your chicken serve, the threat of a predator attack is never far from chicken keepers minds. There are a number of gadgets that are available to help keep your flock safe from predators, and enhance your chicken-keeping experience. I’ve rounded up five gadgets that will not only making keeping chickens easier, but help to keep your flock safe and happy.
5 Gadgets to Protect Chickens From Predators
Nothing beats a secure coop and chicken yard, but these 5 gadgets from Amazon will help boost the security of your chicken coop and yard and give you a little peace of mind.
Wild animals that hunt or feed at night are acutely aware of their surroundings. They will only feed in a safe area where they won’t be noticed. Predator Guard deterrent lights emit a powerful flash of light via twin red LED lights that animals think are the eyes of a larger predator. This triggers the flight response in wild animals and makes them flee the area. It seems like a simple concept, but it works!
When placed on the outside of the coop these motion sensor lights will deter animals such as deer, raccoons, skunks, and possums initially. Over time these animals may learn that lights will not bring them harm, making the lights less effective long term. If you don't have an electric supply available in your coop like me, you'll love theses lights when you are doing chicken chores midwinter when the days are short.
ChickenGuard has released a chicken door opener and closer for your peace of mind and your poultry safety! The timer & easy controls blend to give you a reliable, durable and highly convenient automatic chicken door opener. Using integrated LCD Screen this door opener is expertly constructed to be easy to use, highly reliable and dependable in keeping your poultry flock safe from dusk until dawn including a built-in light sensor.
Game cameras are a like set of eyes and ears working for you in the middle of the night, and they can be really useful for identifying threats to your backyard chickens.
Trail cameras are invaluable when it comes to pinpointing a threat to your coop, as you can actually see what is happening, and if you are currently having an issue with predators gaining access to your coop you can see exactly what the predator is and how they are breaching security measures you already have in place.
If owls or hawks are a concern for you, You might have a good luck placing a decor in the area. This owl decoy requires no batteries, it's head bobs and turns in gentle breezes, for more realistic life like looking decoy.
if you put an owl or hawk decoy near your coop or yard, make sure the fake owl or hawk isn't visible to your chickens
You shouldn’t rely on any of these gadgets listed as your only form of coop security, but adding a gadget or two is a good way to boost the security of your hen house.
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