Solar Nite Eyes: How to Protect Your Poultry, Bees and Trees


| 2/23/2011 1:40:24 PM


Tags: predators, poultry, bees, trees,

Solar Nite EyesI have been using flashing light technology as a protective measure for many years in rural Pennsylvania where predators occupy air and land in abundance.

I was so excited when the Solar Nite Eyes Predator Protect System came out that I had to get some!

I have a free range poultry operation and also a small apiary (honey bee yard), so protection at dusk and night is paramount. Chickens go into the coop buildings at night, so they are at less risk than are the ducks and waterfowl which often have fallen prey to night stalkers.

One of my test sites is the pond, where many animals come at night to drink and hunt the shore line. I put a Solar Nite Eyes unit along this predator path, and the traffic stopped! I found no fresh tracks after placing one unit a couple of feet above the ground.

Every year, I plant 20 new trees on my land and without fail, deer have come and browsed all the buds, and in some cases, taken a young sapling right to the ground. The Solar Nite Eyes unit has two holes for mounting. It occurred to me that I could hook a bungee cord into these holes and wrap it around young trees at “deer height.” This flashing light discouraged the deer, and I haven't seen fresh tracks for days now! Also, by mounting with a bungee cord, I can immediately move the unit from tree to post or adjust the height/direction without screwing or nailing anything into the tree. I love that advantage because some trees are too young and delicate to have screws or nails put into them.

As a photographer, I was traveling with a PA Apiary Inspector and witnessed first hand, the damage a bear can do to honey bee hives in a single visit. Keepers resort to electric fencing and other extreme measures to protect their apiary yard. The company that manufactures Solar Night Eyes has stated that these units work on black bears. So the obvious step for me was to attach them to my six honey bee hives for protection against bear visits. I will also be recommending them to the PA Bee Keepers Association at our next meeting for those with consistent bear problems.

martha bright
8/10/2011 6:22:30 AM

These are only guaranteed if they malfunction, not if they don't protect your fowl. I lost chickens and a duck with two of these right beside my coops. So they're not worth it in my experience. The only thing that has worked for me consistently is a livestock guardian dog.


martha bright
8/10/2011 6:21:37 AM

These are only guaranteed if they malfunction, not if they don't protect your fowl. I lost chickens and a duck with two of these right beside my coops. So they're not worth it in my experience. The only thing that has worked for me consistently is a livestock guardian dog.





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