Outdoor Coop Camera

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stevetheipad, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. stevetheipad

    stevetheipad New Egg

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    Greetings! I've had chickens for about a year but I just joined Backyard Chickens today and it seems like a cool place.

    Anyways, here's my situation. I have three chickens in a fairly small coop that has a box attached to it that they go to lay eggs and sleep. The coop is about thirty feet from my house, where the nearest outlet is. I want to be able to watch my chickens and see if they have laid an egg yet for the day on my computer. Therefore, I'd like an IP camera.

    I need some advice here though because there are several special needs I have.

    1) Outdoor Ability - The box is mostly protected by the rain but I don't want the camera to die from a drop of water here and there or from getting cold in the winter or hot in the summer.

    2) See in the dark - The box where they lay is dark and I'd need it to have decent night vision.

    3) Battery - because the nearest outlet is so far from the coop, powering the camera is a problem. If there is a discreet way of hiding a power cord, could you let me know? Or maybe a battery system? Solar power? Keep in mind I'm not good with electronics (at least doing my own wiring and whatnot)

    4) Cost - this is just a fun project so I don't want to spend more than $80 ($50 would be best).

    5) IP cameras would need to use wifi not ethernet.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hunting cameras as well, and I think I am going to go with the Foscam 8910W for my coop...they run $60 on Amazon. There are a couple of folks that use them and i have seen a couple in action and the pic is good and offers IR capability (Night vision). They are wifi or ethernet.
    I am going to run an extension cord out to our coop...also about 30 feet away...and use a power strip to power it as well as the auto coop door. It is not weatherproof, so if you could afford it a bit of extra protection, it would be good. :)
     
  3. stevetheipad

    stevetheipad New Egg

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    stevetheipad New Egg

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    yeah, that one looks nice. Do you literally just mount it, plug it into power and then it's alls et up and you can watch it on your computer?
     
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    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have to set it up I believe thru the router, but there is a great video from Foscam out there on youtube on how to do it step by step. With this one, you can also use your phone to see it.
     

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