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Do it yourself L.E.D. deer deterrent

L.E.D. deer deterrent low budget diy home made easy to make

I've been experimenting with one of these L.E.D. night lights to see if it can function as a low budget deer deterrent that shows motion during vulnerable night hours.

It only took a few minutes to wrap electrical tape around the cracks to make it water proof and mounting was even easier as shown in the image above.

A little sensor knows when the sun goes down and begins projecting different colored light patterns on the side of the barn, which will hopefully appear as human/hunter movement to any potential night nibblers.

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I believe deer are color blind, so they may not see the changes, or maybe just intensity change in the light?
Comment by Shannon Wed Jan 5 00:12:33 2011
Of course you're probably right --- that would be why the deer don't catch on when they're constantly being hunted by people wearing bright orange... :-)
Comment by anna Wed Jan 5 18:23:31 2011
Recently I was told that most animals that bed down during the day, and only feed morning/evening and/or night are color blind. Whereas the opposite is true for animals that feed during daylight (such as birds) can generally see color. I'm not sure how much the rule of thumb holds true, but it makes sense to me. However, for deer and dogs, I've been told since my early years that they are most definitely color blind. More research needed... :D
Comment by Shannon Thu Jan 6 02:07:53 2011

My memory of the distinction (from my animal behavior class, I think?) is that animals see color if they need to see colorful objects, like flowers' or ripening fruit, or the colorful plumage of certain species. So, diurnal animals that don't need to see those things probably would be color blind (say, a cow.)

On the other hand, I think there are also many degrees of color blind. For example, birds and bees would say that we're color blind since we can't see UV. A quick search of the internet turns up the potential factoid that deer can see yellows and greens. That's confirmed by Wikipedia, who says:

"Eutherian mammals other than primates (for example, dogs, cats, mammalian farm animals) generally have less-effective two-receptor (dichromatic) color perception systems, which distinguish blue, green, and yellow—but cannot distinguish reds. The adaptation to see reds is particularly important for primate mammals, since it leads to identification of fruits, and also newly sprouting leaves, which are particularly nutritious."

Comment by anna Thu Jan 6 09:06:48 2011

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