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Baby monitor in coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by silkie-mom, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. silkie-mom

    silkie-mom In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    South central Virginia
    After losing a silkie and being forced to care for a badly injured one, I installed a baby monitor inside the coop so I can hear anything that may be happening.
    This is great! I am sitting here listening to crickets outside the coop.....this thing is sensitive enough to clearly pick them up. It has a range of 400 feet, but I saw some with a longer range.
    I paid 20 bucks for it at Target.
    I got the model that also has little lights that flash wih the intensity of noise. That way if I don't want to have it turned up I can just watch for the lights. It also has a built in nightlight on the transmitter part (inside the coop) that lights up a corner with soft light.

    I can't believe I didn't do this sooner.

  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    OMG thats a great idea.....i know you can now get the baby monitors that have the camera too...i may see if i can find one on craigs list
  3. silkie-mom

    silkie-mom In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    South central Virginia
    Target also has the video versions, and I think they were around 100 dollars. You can look them up at target.com

    I looked at monitors on ebay, but found that they were selling used for as much or more than at Target, plus you had to pay shipping and wait to get it and then hope it worked.

    I just felt better knowing this one was new and worked.
  4. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    great idea silkie! i knew about the monitor idea, but with a night light and camera in with the deal............im headed too target!
  5. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    That is a great idea. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I have an unused baby monitor somewhere. I think I will put it to good use now, too.
  6. silkie-mom

    silkie-mom In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    South central Virginia
    I didn't get the video version, because I wasn't sure how much light had to be present to be able to see at night.
    I'm guessing not much if they are designed for a baby's bedroom at night.....
    I will keep this turned on day and night, as it was during the day when my roo was murdered and my hen was hurt.
    I'm sure there was quite a ruckus going on out there during this event.
    I could have run outside or sent my dogs....dang.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I've always had one in the coop. I can even hear what's going on, to a degree, in the other coops. I can hear dogs nextdoor barking and raising cain at night and I could certainly hear voices of someone near my coops talking or the barrel bolt unlocking if someone was trying to steal my birds.

  8. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    I've got a baby monitor sitting around somewhere...I've found the part that goes in the house, but I need to dig and see if I can find the part that goes in the baby's room. I heard someone else had done this and have been planning it ever since. I think it's a great idea. I'd love to get a video monitor, but that's not an option at the moment. Hopefully before too long.
  9. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Songster

    May 11, 2008
    They do work great. Years ago I used to put one in the barn when the goats were ready to kid so we wouldn't miss out.
  10. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I was eyeing a baby monitor at a yard sale today, I almost bought it, LOL guess maybe I better grab one the next time I see it.

    Peace -

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