Hey everyone, I have been kicking around the idea of figuring out some sort of chicken monitoring system at the coop. A nanny or web cam really wouldn't give me the info I am hoping for like who is using the nest box--or at least not presented in a time-friendly fashion. Hubby is a propeller-head and so we've been brainstorming ideas on features to try to include. I was wondering if anyone else has done the same thing and what they have found worked for them? Also wondering if you could help with brainstorming ideas of what you would want to have if you were going to set one up in your coop. I mean if we are going to go to the trouble of wiring up the coop, why not go all in and maximize the system? So if you were going to build a chicken net what features would you want to see? So far we have kicked around the following features: -Solar vs extension cord -Wireless vs SD card -RFID the chickens vs some sort of optical sensor -Monitor just the nest box use or when they go in and out of the hen house There are so many things to consider like it turns out if you do wireless is sucks up batteries so batteries alone wont work for that and solar might be too expensive, but my hen house is over 100 ft from my house so solar would be great if he can figure it out. So how about it? What features do you think you would want if you were spying on your chickens? What am I forgetting to consider? I would love to hear if you already have a monitoring system for your chickens or what things you think would be best for hubby to focus on for his first build?