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Adding a game camera?

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Over the past few weeks I have lost three chicks to either a hawk, an owl, or a dog.  I am considering adding a game camera facing the coop (around where all of the killings have taken place) but I don't know how the camera batteries will hold up since the chickens will constantly be setting it off.  Since my killings have taken place during day time and my chickens are locked up at night, I need the camera working during the day but will it do the job?  Does anyone use a game camera for this purpose?  I appreciate any advice!

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There are so many game cameras, I'm sure you could find one for the job, I think looking through all the shots would take forever, perhaps you could angle it slightly away from the chickens and catch something coming in.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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I have one watching the front of the house.  Cat and people traffic. Still running on the original batteries

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Hi!  I recently got a cheap game camera from Dick's Sporting Goods to see what my nocturnal wildlife rehab critters were up to.  It takes really nice color pics during the day and pretty good black and white ones during the night.  It would take a picture every couple of minutes pretty much all night long, did not run down the battery, however, running it on video kills the battery pretty quickly.  It really takes no time to go through the pics, I would think you may get a good shot of your culprit...unless you are like me and manage to not have the camera running on the day they stop by....  Good luck!

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I have 4 game cameras, two by Browning and two by Primos. All take great daytime and nighttime pictures. They all cost around $100 or so. They run on 8 AA batteries, and the batteries last 3-6 months.

 

For a good online resource on cameras, go to http://www.trailcampro.com/trailcamerareviews.aspx. For those on a budget, they recommend the Primos 02. I just bought one, and it is a good camera.

 

You will be amazed at the number and type of animals that you never see but are around! I get pictures of dear, bear, bobcat, coyote, fox and more. I hardly ever see them in person, but they are around!

 

The bobcat picture below is from a camera mounted on the fence of the chicken coop.

 

 

 

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