Thanks, but would a $30 one show enough detail?
What features do folks think I should look for in a camera? I don't want to budget more money than I have to, but I want to make sure I spend enough to get something that will work out OK
I use a Microsoft 3000 cam I bought at Walmart for around $50 for my indoor brooder/incubator cam. It was very simple to set up. For the close range of a brooder or incubator, a standard webcam will work well. They have a smaller focus area - they are meant to focus in on a face from the distance of a monitor. My Microsoft cam worked really well for my incubator cam.
To broadcast outdoor scenes, a standard webcam doesn't have a very good range of field (not to mention issues with wiring, weatherproofing, etc) My outdoor cam is from WiLife - ran me about $350(and was NOT for the faint of heart or technophobe to get streaming)
Be warned that a lot of the 'free streaming sites' that come with camera are extremely limited sites.
Try www.camstreams.com for a good free hosting site. I use them for the ChickNCam (link below)