Anyone use a camera and watch chickens on TV or computer? How?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Carrie Lynn, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    I've heard some outdoor cameras can be rigged to view on TV, or computer.
    What brand and how difficult would it be?
    Thanks, I really want to do this...lots of predators in my old neighborhood.
  2. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    I'd like to know too... [​IMG]
  3. sheetmetalpete

    sheetmetalpete Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2010
    Central Minnesota
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  4. rosiethechicken

    rosiethechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2010
  5. jamiehout

    jamiehout New Egg

    Nov 29, 2010
  6. Raven81

    Raven81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2010
    Te Anau NZ
    i would like to be able to watch my chickens so i know who layed which egg as i only have 1 coop but i only want certain eggs from certain hens.
  7. startingover

    startingover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    Northern Kentucky
    To watch for who is laying what egg you can get any type of wireless camera - but you would need for it to be able to record to a hard drive of some sort so that you can go back and review it.

    We have a video security system that we installed ourselves. With the hard drive, power supply, cameras, programs, etc - it was well over 1,000. I need 4 more good cameras - but that's another 800 bucks and it will have to wait.

    We have 4 cameras that are color with night vision and 4 cameras that are just black and white and don't work at night. All 4 of the night vision cameras are on the house - One on each door, one on the driveway that also covers another door. The last night vision one is on the house, but faces the chicken house (about 30 feet from my house). I can monitor for predators and such day and night. This camera also covers the gate to my horse field. The other 4 black and white cover various parts of the property.

    When we get the barn finished, I will be putting cameras outside and inside of the barn to monitor all activity. They will be wireless so we don't have to run 300 feet of cable to the barn.
  8. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    StartingOver, what system/components did you go with or what do you recommend?
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I use three webcams to monitor breeding fish. Each webcam is setup to monitor multiple nest at a time with video feed recorded to a rather large hard drive. Problem found was with playing back feeds, we could not identify females accurately because of low resolution of recordings. Problem with hens might be prevented by also tagging hens with number or colors. Our critters were all very similar in appearance.

    System components
    manufacturer Linksys
    the name is Wireless-G
    Model is WVC54GCA

    Manufacturer is Linksys
    model is WRT300N Wireless-N

    We use our system in a high humidity situation and cameras are lasting at least 3 years.

    Computers used to monitor webcams in real time have wireless connections for increased mobility. We call the system the porno channel since in our case we are actually monitoring conception as well as egg deposition.

    You may also consider trap nesting but stress of confinement will reduce egg output.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010
  10. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Quote:Wow! for the chicken who has everything! [​IMG]

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