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SOLAR FOX LIGHT
Deters meat-eating predators through the night
Fox lights tend to pay for themselves. If they save just one or two lambs, they have covered their cost. When they save dozens or hundreds of lambs, they are well in front, year after year.
The solar fox light does not need batteries. The solar panel and/or inbuilt micro USB connection charge it up.
The fox light works automatically through the night. It turns itself on when the light drops off at night. It turns itself off when the sun comes up. You do not have to be there for it to work as a predator deterrent.
The nine bright LED lights on top of the fox light mix up the colours, direction and sequence of computerized lights so that it looks like a human being is walking around with a torch in the dark.
Assemble the base to the top by screwing it in place with a quarter turn. Slide the assembled fox light onto a star picket, at about chest height, where a person would typically be waving a torch around in the night. Foxes with their strong survival instincts think the flashing light is a human being and instinctively stays away from the light, especially if they have been spotlighted by shooters before. It always
Positioning of the light is important. Avoid placing the light behind a tree or other obstacle that blocks it from the view of the fox. You want the fox to see the light from a kilometer or more away, before it gets on top of the livestock. Also position it where sunlight will fall onto the solar panel on the top to recharge the inbuilt battery. You can have multiple star pickets and rotate the fox lights around from time to time.
For lambing ewes, place the fox light where sheep camp and sleep at night. For chooks and aviaries, place the light outside, near where they sleep.
As a general rule, less lights are needed on flat, open ground with no trees compared to where there are hills and trees, then more fox lights are required for visibility.
The most common use of fox lights is to preserve lambs. Place them in the paddock at least a week before lambing starts and at least two weeks after the last lamb is born so they can run away at that age.
Fox lights have various other animal deterrent uses:
To protect goat kids, calves, chickens, aviaries, piglets, ducks and geese
Possums - place the fox light in the roof cavity or on top of the roof
Crops - such as lucerne, oats and rice. Place lights on star pickets in the crop at intervals to deter ducks from destroying rice crops through the night and for other pest animals in other crops.
Kangaroos - numerous people have used fox lights to deter kangaroos from gardens and areas of farms.
Feral cats, wild dogs and dingoes - the fox light acts as a deterrent to these predators
Native animal conservation - bilbies, rare ducks, fairy penguins.
Fox lights are used overseas to deter elephants from raiding crops and plantations, as well as deterring wolves and snow leopards from attacking livestock.
A transistor radio under a waterproof cover, tuned into a talkback program with the sound of a human voice, placed near the fox light day and night, is a good combination as a deterrent. If you have a rogue fox that does not take notice of the fox light, especially those that live in towns and are used to seeing lights, this combination can have a more powerful deterrent effect.