Chicken Coop + Wireless Camera = CoopCam!

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Posted in Projects, Chickens | Posted on 16-03-2010

Have you ever wondered what chickens do while in their coops?  What they look like when they are sleeping?  Do they “scream” or make other noises when laying eggs?  Do they have secret conversations plotting world dominance?  Who knows what chickens do in a coop when nobody is around?

I wanted to know the answers to all of these questions, plus I wanted to be able to keep an eye on my birds for another reason.  Sometimes I would go out in the morning to collect eggs and there wouldn’t be any yet.  Sometimes it was -15F degrees and just opening the door to check for eggs unnecessarily let all of the heat out of the coop.

After installing a wireless thermometer in the coop, I was able to monitor the coop’s temperature from inside my house, as useful as that is, it still wasn’t enough, so I decided to install a wireless camera inside my chicken coop.

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Microwave Eggs For a Quick Meal

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Posted in Chickens | Posted on 27-02-2010

Eggs are a very versatile food, and quite nutritious to boot.  Cooking eggs can be quick and an easy thing to do, but sometimes in the morning you might be in such a hurry that you don’t even have time to make breakfast.  In this recipe you will use a microwave to quickly make eggs, so even on those mornings that you’re running late, you can still make a nutritious breakfast.

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Our Chickens’ First Winter

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Posted in Chickens | Posted on 19-12-2009

Winter is here, and with it came the cold and the snow.  The chickens are hiding out most of the day in their coop now, but as long as the sun is shining and the temp is above 5F, they’ll come out for a bit.  When it’s around 20F they’ll spend most of the day outside, then they will go in to warm up and to lay an egg, then go right back outside again.

The coop’s thermostat comes on when the inside temp drops below 35F, turning on a red 60 watt heat lamp.  This doesn’t use too much electricity, and it keeps the coop 10-20 degrees warmer than the outside temp, depending on how windy it is.

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Wireless Thermometer in Chicken Coop

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Posted in Chickens | Posted on 29-10-2009

The outdoor temperature is dropping.  After I finished winterizing my chicken coop yesterday, I decided to add one more thing to get prepared for winter.

I installed a Wireless Thermometer inside my chicken coop, with the display set on a shelf near my kitchen window which overlooks the coop in the backyard.  I also have another wireless thermometer measuring the outdoor temperature, sitting next to this one on my kitchen shelf.

Now with a quick glance I can see what the outdoor temp is and compare it to the coop’s indoor temperature, allowing me to monitor whether or not the coop’s heating system is working properly, or if the coop’s fresh-air vents are too drafty requiring an adjustment.

Now I feel prepared for the cold of winter, and I can remotely monitor the conditions of my chickens in the backyard, while staying warm inside my house.

Winterizing the Coop

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Posted in Chickens | Posted on 28-10-2009

Winter is well on its way, and even though our hens are winter hardy breeds, it gets down below -20F here on some winter nights, and much colder still with the windchill.  Many people don’t  heat their coops, but I chose to heat mine.  I wanted to keep my birds healthy and I didn’t want to lose a bunch of eggs on those cold winter mornings if I am unable to collect eggs before they freeze,  so heating seemed like the best option.

After doing research on various heating methods, I learned about a beginner’s mistake to avoid, be careful not to seal the coop too tightly.  The birds need to stay out of direct breezes, but they also need adequate ventilation.  Their waste and their breath all put moisture into the air which can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can make your birds sick, or worse yet, cause some to die.  Large amounts of ammonia fumes can come from their waste as well, which may also make your birds ill if they don’t get some fresh air.

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