Sure. It was pretty clear that there was egg-eating going on, but the more frequently that I went outside, the more the hens freaked out. They literally managed to stop laying (retain the egg) rather than have it in what they viewed as a stressful situation. Obviously that was a serious concern, and I needed to break the egg-eating cycle too.
I found lots of webcams on Amazon and finally decided I would try this one:
Vimtag (Fujikam) 361 HD, IP/Network ,Wireless, Video Monitoring, Surveillance, security camera,plug/play, Pan/Tilt with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision
Looks like it is on sale for $85 ($15 less than I paid for it). Set up was fairly painless -- initially you set it up in the house and plug it into your router. You set up all your passwords on your computer (it's pretty much plug & play, but need to make sure passwords change to protect your security!). Once it's running in the house, you unplug it and go stick it up wherever you want. You just need regular power, no hard-wired internet, as long as your wireless router can reach that far. If this is an issue, there are wireless boosters you can buy rather than running hard lines out to the pea pen, which would have annoyed me to have to do
However, if your wireless isn't so great, you can run it off a hard connection to your router or modem -- streaming HD video does suck up a certain amount of bandwidth
I usually keep it in night vision mode (that's why the black and white) and I've optimized the settings to get clear pix using that. In day mode, the picture is in color. There's a variety of settings that can be adjusted with sliders to optimize the picture as well as various settings for resolution (such as HD), and a mode setting to choose between day, night and auto -- on auto, it will go into night vision mode if it is too dark for good pictures in the daylight mode. I was pretty amused when I saw the difference between the bright white of a newly-laid (body temperature) egg compared to the colder ceramic ones...
I am hooked on the pan capability -- it can pan up and down and back and forth either using a digital control (it's a little mouse-over toggle image or you can use the touch screen) on the computer, or by just dragging the image with my finger on my cell phone screen. The little camera just wings around on its base out in the peashed -- the peas don't seem to be bothered by the slight noise of the motor, though they do sometimes wake up and look at it. The info on Amazon claims it has a zoom, but it doesn't really, it's a "digital" zoom, so you can expand your image to look at a smaller bit of it, but you lose resolution, just like on your cellphone camera...
We've had a certain amount of fun with the two-way comms... there's a built-in microphone and speaker. I can yell "GET AWAY FROM THE EGGS!" -- not that it helps much when the peas are after a snack -- and I can talk to @PeaLover130 if I have sent her out there to do something, and she can talk back (a skill she has mastered ). We can also listen in on the peas with our microphone muted and can hear what's going on outside. We call it PeaTV, of course... We can access from any of the cellphones and home computers, just need to enter the various passwords and log in. (On my phone, "logging in" consists of tapping the screen twice -- not exactly hard, even for an old fogey like me...) I can access it on my phone from anywhere that I have cell service or wi-fi service, so I don't need to be on my home network to see what's going on.
Overall, I have found it to be user-friendly and it doesn't require much in the way of computer skills to set up or operate. I'm planning to add more (the crime here is through the roof). This one does need to be out of the rain, so I will have to get a different one to monitor the front door.... (There was news video not long ago showing footage from a local homeowner's webcam of some creeps trying the front door while armed with a massive pistol held up at the ready in the other hand at something like 4 am... that has led to more Amazon research on what kinds don't need to be weather-protected, as you can well imagine! I am SO going to move!!!)
Okay, maybe that was more info that you wanted,..
Edited by Garden Peas - 3/16/16 at 10:59am