Anyone use a baby monitor to listen to their birds?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gallusdomesticus, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My wife thinks I'm a little psychotic to put a baby monitor in the coop so I can monitor the girls at night in case a predator tries getting in the hen house. Am I the only one 'psychotic' enough to do this? I be interested if there is anyone else out there that monitors their chickens this way.
     
  2. Destinee's Dozen

    Destinee's Dozen Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a baby monitor in ours too!
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I don't use one, but I've considered it!! [​IMG] We did install a motion light right above the area where the run is attached to the coop though....lol. It makes me feel much more secure!
     
  4. Jonathanq1

    Jonathanq1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have also considered this as well for now all I have is a motion light, but I think it's a great idea
     
  5. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    gallusdomesticus wrote: My wife thinks I'm a little psychotic to put a baby monitor in the coop so I can monitor the girls at night in case a predator tries getting in the hen house.

    I would think it wise to defer clinical judgment unless you start to receive instructions over the monitor from `satan' in the coop, at which time firing away with the Haldol and Cogentin would be indicated.

    As it is, if one is awake and at home, a monitor is very useful diagnostic tool for indicating when to go dose the raccoons, etc. with lead.

    We've been using a $20.00 Safety First monitor for the past five years. The girls growl/whine, roo gives out with soft barks - time to grab the spotlight and rifle. Monitor is also useful for catching any unusual respiratory issues early (wheezing, sneezing, gurgling...).

    Takes a couple of weeks to identify all the `normal' roosting vocabulary (they don't sleep all night - they jockey and growl at one another - they preen, etc.). After a bit it is very easy to identify the unusual.

    Probably the most interesting vocalizations we've heard are the chooks `chortling' in unison just before it starts to rain (something about their jungle origin?).​
     
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  6. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Really neat info, Ivan [​IMG]
     
  7. poultrygeist

    poultrygeist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with bocomo!
     
  8. poultrygeist

    poultrygeist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two days in a row they knew something was out there! They made that purring ,cooing sound that tells me, time to roll. Sure 'nough once a great horned owl and once a smaller unidentified as yet hawk. They really don't want to mess with these chicks! SORRY i forgot to mention that I was eves dropping.
     
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  9. 8wishbonechicks

    8wishbonechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey! We have an old baby monitor. We have a privacy fence around our property then a wired fence around the coop. I know this doesn't stop predators from digging under the fence, so the monitor sounds like a good idea. My husband mentioned of an electric fence on the outside of our privacy fence, so our girls are safe on the inside. I like finding good info in these forums, thank you everyone.
     
  10. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Who doesn't use a monitor?? Another crazy chicken psycho here [​IMG] They make so many cute sounds all night. I do wake up and turn it off about 5 AM every morning 'cause that's when it starts getting alittle loud out there!
     

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