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Great Streaming Chicken Cam: Why Aren't There More???

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Most wildlife cams I find are stop-action, with the picture refreshed every few minutes. It was such a treat to discover a chicken cam that's been up for five years, streaming all day long into the chicken yard. Here's a review:

"There is a man living in coastal Massachusetts. He has a small farm, the Flying Skunk Farm, on which he keeps some 70 chickens and a couple of goats. "Nicky Vasalini" (that's his nickname, and there's an interesting story there) also has a certain bigness of heart. He is one of a handful of people in the world who share their barnyard bounty with the world. And I'm not speaking here of the farmer's market. No, Vasalini has installed a chicken cam in the yard where the birds spend their days. And unlike many chicken cams I've seen, which merely tout slowly refreshed stills, this one features live, streaming video and audio. And Gumby. Go for a visit. It's oddly fascinating and pacifying. At least until the roosters get going." lol

The story behind the chicken owner: http://www.mvgazette.com/news/2003/11/28/web_camera_chickens.php

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here's the chicken cam: http://www.flyingskunk.com/live.html

The
yard is extremely muddy right now, thanks to those epic rainstorms New England is experiencing. Nevertheless, the roosters soldier on, comforting the hens, and everybody wanders by the camera for their close-up, including the goats. big_smile

So my question is why don't more people set up live streaming cams like this? Can anybody explain it to a computer neophyte? cool (Does the bandwidth cost a lot of money?)

Anyway, I highly recommend you check it out. Kids would love it.

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Thanks for the link! It is now bookmarked. thumbsup

Proud mother to a wonderful Min Pin/Pomeranian mix, 3 cats, 1 hermit crab, & numerous fish.... and finally! Chickens! 1 Black Australorp, 1 Barred Plymouth Rock, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Speckled Sussex, and an Easter Egger. Added 2011- An Easter Egger Roo, and a Buff Orpington. Newly added 2012- 1 Black Copper Maran, 1 Golden laced Wyandotte, 1 Deleware, and 3 Easter Eggers. 

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Proud mother to a wonderful Min Pin/Pomeranian mix, 3 cats, 1 hermit crab, & numerous fish.... and finally! Chickens! 1 Black Australorp, 1 Barred Plymouth Rock, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Speckled Sussex, and an Easter Egger. Added 2011- An Easter Egger Roo, and a Buff Orpington. Newly added 2012- 1 Black Copper Maran, 1 Golden laced Wyandotte, 1 Deleware, and 3 Easter Eggers. 

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The yard is extremely muddy right now, thanks to those epic rainstorms New England is experiencing.


Tell me about it!!!! flbarnie It has been raining for a couple days straight! BUT, luckily, it's suppose to reach up to 60-80˚F this weekend (and just in time for Easter! wee) So while all this rain is pouring down and everything is muddy and wet, I think about this weekend and it makes me happy again. lol


Now, off to check out that chicken cam...... pop

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LOL lol  My boss came in and I had the chicken cam up in another window behind what I was working on and he says alright...what's that?  I said Bawwwwkkkk?  That's not the voicemail you left me this morning? lol

Lavender Orpingtons and one little white Silkie.   Currently seeking a mixed flock of pullets for my hen pen.  ISO Ameraucana - Cinnamon Queens - Black Copper Marans - Olive Eggers = 2 pullets each. 
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Lavender Orpingtons and one little white Silkie.   Currently seeking a mixed flock of pullets for my hen pen.  ISO Ameraucana - Cinnamon Queens - Black Copper Marans - Olive Eggers = 2 pullets each. 
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I DID manage to find one more chicken cam of interest (Silkie Alert!):

http://www.lifelab.org/webcam.php

"Life Lab Science Program is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been working in the field of science and environmental education since 1979. With our award winning curricula and programs, the organization helps schools develop gardens where children can create "living laboratories" for the study of the natural world. Since developing the first Life Lab school garden in Santa Cruz in 1978, Life Lab has worked with over 1,400 schools across the United States training tens of thousands educators."

I'm on Firefox and was able to get the cam working with the user name and password they provided: http://128.114.172.81/main.cgi?next_file=main2.htm

Other
instructions are given for IE users and for other browsers.

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Oh, wow, I forgot to add that you can use the arrows to the left and MOVE THE CAMERA to the area you want to watch! smile

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Im from Pace Florida and I love watching The Flying Skunk Farm
It's so relaxing. And the streem is great.
The sound is is great also. You can watch it on the Roku player that hooks up to your tv. you can buy it at walmart.
All you have to do is download the free justin tv app witch has a lot of free streaming. Just open the Justin tv app and under search type in Crazy American. If that doesn't work try typing in Flying Skunk Farm. But it is on there. Sometimes I have to retry loading it a few times but it will come up. It's just so cool to be able to relax on the couch and watch the animals and hear them as well. But watch the volume. I had it turned up The volume one day so i could hear the animals wile I was cooking and my neighbour in the apartment next door complained cause they thought I had a rooster in my apartment. So funny.
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