Idea for Pup Protection from Avian Predators
time ago in a chat session of the Field Trial Pointer Home Page
the subject of avian predators was discussed. Some of my
Carolina friends convinced me that they were really a threat for
pups in a rural environment. When mine, at three weeks,
from the whelping shed to a fairly decent size puppy pen they
vulnerable. For a couple of years I protected them by
the pen with nylon deer netting from the gardening section of
This was a real hassle because I had to remove it after a period
time and then put it back up over the pen. The size of the pen
that difficult. That process was necessitated because
debris from trees would weight it down.
The Nite Guard device, which I described in my latest
the series regarding using pen-raised birds, appeared to me to
for nighttime protection for pups from owls and other
I purchased and installed four of them. Since they did not
during most of the daylight hours I came up with a similar
daytime operation. It is much larger than the Nite
and since it has four sides with two lights (eyes) on each side
one device is needed. Unlike the Nite Guard (only the
light visible) the entire large device is visible and was
present a somewhat threatening appearance. Because of the
mama dogs may need to become accustomed to it before it is used.
had some females to ignore it and others to become very upset
it. Nite Guard is battery operated and my daytime device
AC current. Albeit in the picture below it is not
the pair of red eyes constantly flash as long as it is cut
on. In the pic below my daylight device is on the
the Nite Guards on the right. Both are mounted on an
under which is the puppy box. Puppy box has flat roof which
place for mama to get away from pups when they start to get on
nerves. Only one side of the daytime
device is seen in the pic.
There are four Nite Guards mounted on the vertical 2 X 4 on the
each is facing a different direction and only the the face of
facing the camera.
When not in use I use the daytime device to repel deer from my
patch. It works.