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The coop cam is open for business from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. E.S.T.

196 Comments

  1. Caitlin says:

    🙂

  2. Jill says:

    LOVE the Coop Cam! The chickens are beautiful!

  3. Kelly says:

    This was such a bad idea. There aren’t even any chickens in the picture, and I’m already obsessed. When will they appear? I don’t know! I’ll have to keep watching to see!! 🙂

  4. Sarah In Illinois says:

    🙂

  5. Nicola says:

    Love it! I feel like I’m eavesdropping! Have a great week!

  6. This cracks me up!! I’ve told my niece that she needs to put a coop cam in with their 24 new chickens so that I can keep up with what’s going on 🙂

  7. Aamaal says:

    Woohoo! Chickens! If anyone is using Chrome, make sure to type ‘guest’ in the Username field (without the single quotes). The login won’t recognize ‘Guest’ and will repeatedly ask you to log in.

    Have fun Chicken-gazing!

  8. ev says:

    Ah, movement, finally! What a great idea Karen! I will be watching the girls off and on–I really like live cam shots of animals–Monterey Aquarium does it too! Hope you are doing well.

  9. Westcoast Nan says:

    It’s like a game of “Now you see them, now you don’t”. I like this game…

  10. nancy w says:

    Ok, I clicked, I typed in guest, and no coop cam. Where is it? Nothing but the comments on my screen.

  11. nancy w says:

    of course it showed up right after I said that…:)

    • Karen says:

      🙂 Yeah. Just have to give it a chance to load. There’s a lot of people trying to view it at the same time. 🙂 ~ karen

  12. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Love it!

  13. Laura Bee says:

    Going to be spending some time with my daughter here. Back to work, picked up some more hours. I’ll miss Will They Eat It! Live!

  14. Debbie Neal says:

    Fab! I just read in my Cooks Illustrated magazine that if you dust them with talcum powder, they will not peck each other!
    Spa treatment for your chicks?

  15. Jeannie B. says:

    These sure are slow chickens Karen. But I guess that I’m watching on the wrong mode. No problem though, because I can count the number of feathers they have on them. And yes, it is darn chilly down here by the lake. The furnace is back on.

    • Karen says:

      I know. Sorry about the speed Jeannie! It’s something we’ll try to work on. If people really like the coop cam I might consider paying to have it stream live because the quality will be better, but I may need to take up a monthly collection for it, LOL. ~ karen!

  16. Theresa says:

    Wow, this looks really good! Great job Karen. I don’t think you need to pay for the expensive one. This is good as is.

  17. Paulin says:

    I see one, no wait, two! I see two chickens! This is awesome.

  18. Julie Cavallaro says:

    This is so much fun! I can’t wait to show my kids and husband!!! Thank you and good luck with your kitchen floor!

  19. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    This is nice Karen..I will be checking in on the girls off and on throughout the week and as long as you have it up and running..Great idea..don’t worry about negative comments..some people can’t enjoy things unless they are done to perfection..Thanks to you and Waylay for working hard to set this up for us to enjoy!!..Now get some rest..lol

  20. Annabelle says:

    I can’t believe I’m swept away by watching chickens in slow motion 🙂 They are simply beautiful!

    But I WON’T tell anybody that I watched chickens living several thousands miles away 😀

    Love from Frankfurt (Germany)

    • Karen says:

      They are kindda cute aren’t they Annabelle? I’m currently watching them sleep. 🙂 Hello Germany. ~ karen!

  21. Pati Gulat says:

    FABULOUS, Karen ! Enjoying it immensely !!

  22. Linda S says:

    Well, I think if I watch this all day long, I will soon need a chickcation myself. Maybe a floorplan would help…are the chicks moving from the outside area, in and out of the kitchen for snacks? Oh, I forgot…you can’t answer…you are on vacation yourself. Enjoy.

  23. Cynthia says:

    I spy crocs! 😉 Love this.

  24. Laura Bee says:

    I should leave this on screen for our cats while we are at work. And between this & the construction on our street – our daughter will be entertaine too this week!

  25. nancy says:

    I logged in and stared at my monitor waiting waiting waiting……oh I have to scroll down…..
    I am so thrilled it’s kinda embarrassing! Have a great holiday!

  26. Karen B says:

    What breed of chicken are the ladies?

  27. Eliza says:

    I’m waiting to see Cheez Whiz lay an egg!

  28. Tracy says:

    I logged on just in time to see a group of chicken butts! Nice to get a moon on Monday! (laughing)
    Thanks Karen! Enjoy the holiday!

  29. Diane says:

    hee!

  30. Ronda says:

    Same here, mooned me the minute I logged on. It felt premeditated. I think my grandma that raised chickens for most of her ninety-six years is probably rolling over in her grave.

  31. Holly Jakobs says:

    It just occurred to me (after staring spellbound) that I waste enough time sitting and watching my chickens at home!!! Thanks lots 🙂

  32. Laurinda says:

    Ha ha- LOVE this!!

  33. White says:

    Thanks. Some years ago, I used to “live stream” a view up my driveway for friends of mine. I used much the same technique (free). Sure it’s a bit choppy (a succession of jpeg snapshots, refreshed), but for the price, perfectly acceptable. It allowed my “viewers” to see who was driving by, who was at my place (parked cars/trucks), what the weather was like, etc. “Distance” does not matter, across time zones, not a problem.
    I eventually moved my computer station/getup elsewhere in the house, and have not ‘bothered’ setting that up again. It was satisfying enough at the time, for a novelty…. and the price was right.

    • Wayne says:

      Ha! Yup. That’s exactly how it is setup. The site fetches a single jpg image on load and then fetches a new one every 0.35 seconds in order to mimic “streaming video”. Our lag time is based on A:) how fast the camera can take a new snapshot and B:) how fast we can serve that new snapshot back through the site.

      Using jpgs eliminated our problem of video compatibility across multiple devices (i.e. desktop, mobile, Android, iOS, IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.)but based on a home network, we can only go so fast at serving up fresh images based on ISP speed as well as number of visitors at any given time. Like you said though, it’s free 😉

      It’s a band-aid, but hopefully we can improve upon this going forward.

  34. Jane says:

    I think I might be in the wrong time zone for this. (Australia)
    They must be sleeping…..

    • Karen says:

      You are, and they are, LOL. They’ll be up and walking down that ramp in about … 7 or 8 hours. ~ karen!

  35. Marti says:

    1am Tuesday morning. Nothing happening here. Is the camera in black/white or… is nighttime an “All Gray Zone” for Canada?

  36. gloria says:

    Waaa! Not seeing anything but a still shot, b/w of ramp going up to somewhere.

  37. tammy carter says:

    coop cam

  38. Denise says:

    It is Tuesday morning in Ohio (7:30 am) and there is no link (that I can see) on this page to the Coop Cam. I can see by comments above that I am missing something … but I may not be the only one. Will check back later. 🙁 I was able to see a bit by phone yesterday.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise – Sorry. The camera lost connectivity last night somehow. I have it back up and running now. ~ karen

  39. Kim Jordan says:

    I don’t see anything but comments when I click on Coop Cam. Even after it finishes loading your page I still see no option to click on for watching. 🙁

    • Karen says:

      Sorry Kim, the camera lost connection somehow in the night. I have it back up and running now.

  40. Darlene says:

    I still don’t see the coop cam…

  41. Kimberley says:

    Where did you get all of your metal feeders? I’m having the hardest time finding one that I like. Loving the Coop Cam!

  42. Jody says:

    Yay, it’s back working again!!!
    Fun to watch!!!!

  43. Jody says:

    ooops I spoke too soon, now it seems to be in
    ‘pause mode’ sure with there was sound!

  44. Jody says:

    ‘wish’ there was sound, can’t type yet LOL!!
    maybe it’s my computer in pause mode, chickens are moving again

  45. Darlene says:

    are the chickens moving??? I’ve been watching for awhile and they are in the same place

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darlene – Yes they’re moving. Try to refresh your browser if they seem like they aren’t. ~ karen

  46. joanna says:

    awwwww Cheese Whiz!!!!

  47. Kat says:

    Wow!!! Way better picture than yesterday and I was happy with that. Good job Wayne!

  48. Darlene says:

    Is that a black & white chicken in the back?

  49. miia says:

    I can’t see it.. I saw one shot when I tried this morning, but not more then once, then it didn’t work.

    I use mac os and tried safari, mozilla, chrome, but none of them work.

    • Karen says:

      Miia – You may be forgetting to sign in. (I’m on a mac too by the way). If it asks for a username use “guest” then no password. Also, clear your cache. That might help. ~ karen

      • Miia says:

        Thanks, It started to work… 🙂

        Somehow it seems though your holiday is not that much of a holiday. 😉

  50. Treva says:

    Good girl!! Nice lookin’ egg!

  51. Debbie says:

    Way better today. Yesterday just chicken butts. Today I got a an orange nailed egg thief and a chicken who looked like it may have been a bit rude in the egg snatching. Lots of chicken eye balls. This is so cool.

  52. Debbie says:

    Hey, you look way to clean in your white sweater to be working on the kitchen. Maybe having a fun day?

  53. Linda says:

    HA! had a chicken posing for the camera a couple of times…too funny! I refreshed the browser, now I’ve lost the whole thing! It shows a broken icon now 🙁

  54. Amy says:

    Help! How do I tell the girls apart? Can they wear name tags?

  55. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Looking great today Karen..I just got on to see them again..Our Verizon phone and internet has been down since the middle of the night..a whole big area here..everything computerized in town and out here for many miles was down..

    • Nancy Blue Moon says:

      And thanks for the schedule..makes it much easier to check in to see things like laying eggs..Your ladies are so cool!!

  56. rktrixy says:

    Yummy, yummy cauliflower!! Those are some spoiled chicks!

  57. Kim says:

    Why do I feel like a pervert? lol

  58. Linda S says:

    How can we tell when they are getting sleepy? Will they yawn and rub their little eyes?

    • Karen says:

      Oh. Don’t worry about that. You’ll hear me yell .. “10 more minutes girls …!” ~ karen

  59. Spike says:

    Finally saw the chickens! So much fun. I love the Coop Cam! I have been checking but I am in Japan and with the time difference I kept missing them. But today I saw them for a few minutes before they went in. Yay!

    • Karen says:

      Spike – If you can keep checking in for the next hour or so you can see them going up to bed and to sleep. They’re very, very cute sleeping. ~ karen!

  60. chris says:

    They’re getting settled… it apparently takes a while

  61. gloria says:

    Is that a 1×2 they are roosting on? They have some pretty strong toes to balance like that all night. Especially since they are some busty girls up front and mighty plump in the back. How do they do that!?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gloria – It’s a 2×4. It’s a good size to ensure their toes are tucked in. That’s important in the winter so they don’t get frostbite on them. ~ karen!

      • gloria says:

        Still, it’s a pretty good bit of acrobatics to stay put all night while balancing both ends. Maybe your next DIY could be knitting bedtime chicken booties for the girls. To keep their toesies warm.

  62. Linda S says:

    Wow, I just got to see the camera switch to night-time mode, and I’m afraid it startled the girls. They were like, “Sweet Mother of Coyote Stew…What was that noise”?? Thankfully they seem to have settled down again. Nite girls, Nite JohnBoy.

  63. Toronto Boy says:

    Holy moly! It’s 1:30 a.m. and I decided to log on and see if the chicks were asleep. Well, after a few minutes they all woke up and instinctively stared at the camera! It looks like something startled them!

    Hey, little chickies! I didn’t pass wind and startle you! I think it might have been Karen! Hehehe!

  64. Kat says:

    It is 12:50 A.M. and thought I would take a peek and as soon as I logged on they all got startled all eyes opened the one closest to the cam stood up then they all settled back down and closed there eyes. Damn if I didn’t want to touch my computer mouse in case I startled them LOL! This is just way too fun!

  65. Mary Werner says:

    Tell Way Lay they ROCK!

  66. Kipley Herr says:

    I’m glad to see your chicken’s butts have poo dreadlocks too.

  67. Angela says:

    Kinda hard to think about eating chicken when I see them in your lap. I guess even chickens feel love…

  68. Katrina says:

    Have you considered Ustream? I used to keep a camera on my dog’s kennel when he was a puppy and it was free, live, and had sound. I don’t know if you can embed the free version on your page, but I know you can set up a channel homepage.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katrina – Yes, I explain in Coop Cam “Day 1” why UStream isn’t possible for what I’m doing here. ~ karen!

  69. Rebecca P says:

    This is making me want chickens!! It runs slow for me, so it’s more like flipping through a photo album, but I still love to check and see what they’re doing! What a great idea!

  70. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Thanks for entertaining us ladies..I love the way that when they reach down to peck at something..their butts go straight up in the air..I’ll be back at 1:00..

  71. Jenn says:

    Got a glimpse of your gold slippers. Gold slippers for chicken duty. You do everything with style, don’t you?

    😀

  72. Natika33 says:

    Omigod I can see the chickens!!!! This is amazing! It’s daylight there and midnight here and yet I can see them!!!! *\(^-^)/*

  73. Maryanne says:

    Awesome! Karen, exactly how do you do everything you do!(3 do’s, do do do) Really…do you not sleep? Are you a life form from another planet who has secret powers???
    You amaze me, you ROCK! I wish you were my neighbor!

  74. Debbie says:

    I am hooked too. Last night Pacific coast time at about midnight I checked in on the girls. So cute, even better than babies (no diapers). They were doing there small weaving back and forth sleeping then out of no where one eye would open and peak at the camera and close again. I need to find room for a coop………………………..

  75. Shauna says:

    I want a coop cam for my chickens. But, I probably wouldn’t get any work done.

  76. gloria says:

    Uh-oh. I’m putting off doing things that need to be done in order to watch compost time. This is not good.

  77. Allestra says:

    Love the coop cam!! i’m logged in watching the ladies scratch about from New Zealand! haha so cool to see them in action!

  78. Bonnie says:

    Funny! I was watching a chicken’s butt. And, it was entertaining–much better than what is on TV.

  79. stephbo93 says:

    It’s absolutely ridiculous how much I’m enjoying watching them. This would be a great addition to your site on a reuglar basis.

    • Toronto Boy says:

      I have to agree! It’s quite interesting to see our fine feathery friends pass the day! 10:35 p.m. and they are still bustling about in their chicken coop! Right now two of them are staring at the camera! Maybe they wanna play a staring game! Hey chickens, I bet that you’ll blink first!

  80. Barbie says:

    OK…sleeping chickens ARE kinda cute!

  81. Kat says:

    12:50 A.M. again Alberta time and much to my relief they were not startled this time.

  82. Dagmar says:

    Hi Karen,
    I was out of town yesterday, and didn’t have my internet in the car, or maybe I did, but I was busy…well…driving mostly. But this morning I took a chance, and realized that you have made my life even *better’*. I can watch the coop from my iPad. How fantastic.

  83. Mary Kay says:

    Hi Karen – what is it that you have keeping the bottom of the coop door open? I can’t tell what it is – looks like some blackish gray chicken warrior statue?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary Kay – It’s a rooster sculpture made out of metal … shards almost. It’s all thin, flexible metal pieces. A friend gave it to me when I finished the coop. I love it! ~ karen

      • Mary Kay says:

        It is really cool – what a wonderful coop warming gift!

      • Jenn says:

        Thankyou. I was wondering at first why that chicken didn’t move. … and then what the heck it was… Mystery solved!

  84. Becca says:

    Frightenly addictive. My coffee got cold because I couldn’t tear myself away from the monitor to go get it. In my own defence, it’s not everyday that you get a view of four fluffy chicken butts.

  85. Laura Bee says:

    Pretty egg & love the little pet you gave her. This is how eggs should be made. I really need to stop buying store eggs. Trying to remember where I’ve seen an “EGGS” sign around here.

  86. Linda S says:

    Yippee…I saw the egg laying in the nest, and then saw Karen come to retrieve it and show it off. Beautiful! I tried to do a hi-five, but you had an egg in your hand! Maybe next time.

  87. Barbie says:

    OHHHH! POOP! I guess I missed the egg! DANG!

  88. beth says:

    okay gotta ask.. one of my clients has 6 hens, they dig all the time and make quite a bit of poop…what do you do with yours! bock balk…

    • Karen says:

      I keep my chickens in a restricted area. It’s their own private run away from all of my plants and planters. It’s filled with straw. I compost the straw and all the poop in it once a month. Takes about a month in the summertime for it to turn into compost if I’m good about turning the compost pile every 2nd day. ~ karen!

  89. Kim says:

    Ok, I FINALLY logged on to see what the fuss is about. I’ll admit that the they are pretty cute sleeping…for about 5 seconds. Maybe 10. I am glad, however, that many of your readers are thrilled with this. I guess I am just not a chicken gal (gasp, the horror!). On a different note, I was sorry to read that you had a horrible night last week. I hope that things have gotten better for you and that your stay-cation from your blog (you know, the one where you’re not blogging but you’ve posted something every single day!) has been, if not relaxing, then at least refreshing and re-energizing. All the best!

  90. mimiindublin says:

    Who’d have thought that watching chickens (and reading comments on watching chickens) could be so entertaining? Your secret is out Karen, you took a week off to knit booties so the chicks don’t get frostbite!
    Are the chickens getting a share of the advertising for this week?!

  91. Darlene says:

    Does that mean we are stuck looking at this piece of wood all day?? 🙁

  92. Shae says:

    Oh they are so cute when they are waking up for the morning! I had to look twice as one had its head tucked around and it did look quite headless at the time! Fantastic – now I know what to do when I want to procrastinate the day away!

  93. kathie says:

    I guess it’s too pretty a day to be all cooped up! Oh well, I did see them sleeping last night so I did get a peek.

  94. Karen says:

    Ohhh – scared me!! You and the chickens just changed to vines!! I’m going to miss all of you!!

  95. Jenn says:

    There is always http://hencam.com/ for your chicken viewing pleasure!

    Bonus: goats!

  96. Debbie says:

    I am going to miss checking in on your babies. I guess I will have to push harder to get my own. I loved watching them sleep, such cuties.

  97. Stacey says:

    Okay — I’m really jealous that everyone else can see this — I have tried everything I know, and it the coop cam just won’t appear. Is is because I have an Mac?????

    Confused Gadfly

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gadfly – The Coop Cam is now officially down for the week. 🙁 Sorry. I had to unplug it at some point so I unplugged the camera before they went to bed. Most everyone could see the camera when it was up and running. I myself work on a Mac, so I don’t think that was the issue so much as the camera is no longer plugged in. 🙂 ~ karen!

  98. Stacey says:

    Karen – that is so kind of you to explain, and it figures that I missed out on the fun. I waited too long! Thanx for letting me know! I absolutely love your posts and look forward to seeing them in my inbox —
    Gratefully,

    gadfly

  99. Linda S says:

    Karen, I have to say that I was tickled at the amount of activity I was able to view via the coop-cam. I was able to see your retrieval of two eggs, saw the girls sleeping, saw you doing a brief cuddle with one of hens, saw you turning over the compost that one day, and saw you getting some fresh straw today. Sounds like I was glued to my monitor, but not the case at all. Thanks for the glimpse into your world, I know it took a lot of work.

  100. Bobbi says:

    Waaahhh….due to my work schedule this week, I was only able to see them sleeping, and I thought that this morning I would see some action. Oh, well, maybe next time.

  101. Janet says:

    Don’t know why nothing comes up..not even a login….I want to see the chickens!!!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Janet – Sorry! The Coop Cam is down until further notice. It was just up special for the week. (there’s a notice at the beginning of the Coop Cam page) ~ karen!

  102. Janet says:

    Thanks Karen…then how about some chicken line drawings like the ones of you checking the radiant flooring?? Lol

  103. mimiindublin says:

    Awww, good to see you back, or at least your chicks!
    We could all click on your advertisers to pay for the monthly collection! Chickens are so entertaining!

  104. LuAnn Agustin says:

    oooh! chickens (:
    Missed ya and K as well.

  105. Judy in NC says:

    Such fun! Thanks for sharing, Karen! We seem to have had a male guinea hen show up and take over our yard this week. Considering taking the gardening tools out of the chicken coop to let him see what he thinks. He’s been having a ball with the tick and mosquito population following all our rain down here. Hope you don’t spend too much of your time on vacation “working”! But we do appreciate it.

  106. Corinna says:

    I’m mad at my chickens right now – they ate my tomatoes! (not that it’s my fault that the tomatoes aren’t protected)
    – welcome almost back!

  107. Chavella says:

    This is awesome, it helps me not to miss your blog so much. Read you soon.

  108. Jane says:

    Hi Karen:
    I’m new here…well sort of. I came across your site googleling how to unplug your central vac, or something along that line. Well, it was informative to help figure out where the blockage was or was not, and mine was in the really long hose. That being said, I found a long heavy stick, went to the top of the stairs and shoved that stick into the hose. I thought that maybe this was a mistake, what if it got stuck, how would I explain that to the repair guy. Well it worked, and I can now vacuum and actually suck things up. Okay the point to my long winded comment here is how the hell do I view the chickens? I click on the chicken box and new it is asking me for my email and password, what the hell? If you could let me know what I need to do to view your face food eating chickens, I would appreciate it. BTW sorry about you and the fella, it’s hard, but you are a strong, funny, independent person, and it is easy for me to say (now, I have had the same experience, but with 4 kids and a dog), you will come out of this stronger, wiser and eventually you will be happy again. Take care.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Jane – You may have figured it out already, but the username is guest and you leave the password blank. Instructions are right under the box with the chicken on the right. ~ karen!

  109. Dee says:

    I’m seeing three girls in the foreground enjoying a corn cob. Would love chickens in my own back yard but not allowed. Such a great way to start the day!

  110. Robin says:

    I have a coop cam also, it is so fun! I can look at from home or on my mobile phone, love to check on them when I’m not at home. Thanks for sharing!

  111. kate-v says:

    glad to see the chicken yard; chickens are good – don’t see any at the moment but will keep watching

  112. Kat says:

    Spotted a chicken for all of 2 seconds then it went away and found myself transfixed on watching 2 flies buzzing around on those boards (bench?) and now I have to go get a life!

  113. joanna says:

    love you and the girls!

  114. Susan U says:

    Karen –
    I am on vacation and away from my flock for the first time. I miss them terribly and am so happy to watch your Chicken Cam…. Thank you for being your wonderful, delightful, funny self.

  115. Isabel says:

    Just please come back, already…
    we miss you.

  116. Laura Bee says:

    Chicken butt…every time.

  117. Laura Bee says:

    ok…I just saw one of the girls chase off a sparrow. Action! 🙂

  118. Marti says:

    It’s like a trainwreck.. in that I cannot look away.

    But they’re cute! 🙂

  119. Maclaine says:

    I SEE CHICKENS!!

  120. Toronto Boy says:

    ONE WORD: YAY!

  121. Kris Wilson says:

    Karen, so glad to see you still have your wonderful sense of humour. That will go a long way in helping you to heal. I rarely comment, just read, but I wanted to say that you are missed, but don’t come back till you’re ready. Your huge following will understand, this is a life changing thing that takes time to figure out. Kris

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kris – I met you in the kitchen store once, right? I’m fine. I am well on my way through recovery. I’m working but because I have to work several days in advance for photographing, project organization etc., writing I won’t have posts up for a week or so. Possibly less. Thanks for checking in with me though. 🙂 ~ karen!

  122. Tigersmom says:

    I’m such a dolt!

    I thought I was rather clever finding a way to wish you well by posting on your post prior to the break-up announcement post. (that’s a lot of posts for one sentence, eh?) I didn’t even think about the possibility of commenting on the coop cam post. Doh!

    You are sounding better all the time. I’m glad to hear it.

    Off to click ads.

  123. Dot says:

    Love your Coop Cam. Unfortunately I can’t do any housework because I have to keep a sharp eye on the chickies. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

    • Karen says:

      Forget the chickens. If you watch long enough you might get the pleasure of seeing my feet. Now that you have that information I would imagine you can give up on housework entirely. Your time is now spoken for. ~ karen!

  124. Tigersmom says:

    Ok, I’m aware that there are no chickens out at this early hour but,

    THERE IS SOMETHING MOVING UNDER THE HAY!

    Every time a new frame appears some of the hay is slightly disturbed next to where it was before. I hope for your sake it is only a mouse.

    I did get to see fluffy chicken butts yesterday. And a close up of one of the girls. Wish I could tell them apart by name.

    Chicken butts. Hehe. Makes me smile.

    • Karen says:

      Tigersmom – Not to worry. It’s either a mouse or a chipmunk. Most likely a chipmunk. He rummages around for seed the chickens missed. ~ karen!

  125. SheilaB says:

    Hahahaha! I love it! I just showed this to my son and he started laughing and all he could say was “Guess what??? CHICKEN BUTT!!!” because that’s all we were seeing on the camera. Apparently one of the is eating right in front of the camera and showing their pantaloons. LOL! They have no dignity. 😉

  126. Sara S says:

    Karen,
    Where are you?? I have not had a good laugh without you!

    • Karen says:

      Sara S – I’m working on posts at this very moment. The first post will go up on Monday and it will be back to normal from there on in. ~ karen!

  127. nancy says:

    oh dear, I had a root canal today, all I can do is lie about and watch the chicken cam. (any excuse will do….)

  128. Kelly says:

    I was just watching what appeared to be a giant spider crawl across the view, and all of a sudden a chicken jumped in the frame, bent down, and ate it. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Totally wish someone would have been here with me to see that!

  129. Nanette says:

    Okay, at first I thought “What a scraggly-ass chicken” but the I realized it was fake. A poser. They are fun to watch but I can’t wait for Monday’s post!

  130. Cheryl says:

    To watch chickens seems pointless and mundane. I NEED mundane. Mundane Therapy anyone?

    • Karen says:

      Cheryl – I go outside and sit with the chickens ALL the time as a form of therapy. They’re the most calming things in the world. Weird! ~ karen

      • Cheryl says:

        Not weird! Great! Being a city girl sometimes limits your scope of thinking. This coming from someone who just sold her small home to move into an even smaller apartment to be closer to the river that runs through our town! I now have tea every morning on my terrace while watching the duck swim down the river. I understand wildlife therapy now and with full force, embrace!

    • Cheryl says:

      I’m actually replying to my own comment only because, have you ever thought something to yourself and it seemed so funny at the time? After I posted this comment, and I looked at it, it wasn’t funny. In my head, it read like this: ” you would think watching chickens would be like the dullest thing on the planet! But they are so cute! I need cute after all of the crazy that’s happened in my life lately. Anyone out there feel me?”

      So, to Karen, I in no way meant to offend or sound like a complete asshole. I know, too late! Please forgive me and know that I love not just the coop cam but your blog! I’m not one to usually post comments. I observe and listen. Learn a lot that way.

      Keep doing what you’re doing girl! I LOVE it!

  131. Cathy says:

    Shame on you Karen!!! Thanks to you I have spent my work day with a picture in picture on my computer so I could watch your coop!!! And got excited when I finally saw a chicken!! Now tell me, which should I feel sillier about, watching the Coop Cam or watching the Loc Ness cam waiting for Nessie??

    LOLOL!!!!! Thanks for all you do!!!

  132. rob says:

    What’s Up? Chicken butt… that’s what you see a lot of during feeding time aaaaaa looooot of chicken butts. That is all.

    Well done.

  133. Tigersmom says:

    Just checked in on the girls and I can see the mouse walking on top of the hay!

  134. Deb says:

    I’m a graphic/web designer in NYC. Sometimes when I get a creative block, I stop by and check out a chicken or two… Yes, my colleagues think I’m a mad-hatter but I don’t care!

    • Karen says:

      Obviously I don’t think you’re nuts at all. I almost missed the return of Breaking Bad ’cause I was watching them. ~ karen!

  135. Marcia Shaw says:

    Multiple Choice Test- Select one answer
    The mysterious, white, blurry and smoky looking stuff that we’re seeing on the coop cam is:
    A. Fog
    B. Giant spider webs
    C. Finger tip smears or squished bug smears on the cam lens
    D. A spooky apparition of chickens past

    • Karen says:

      Hah! I have a glass dome over the camera in case of rain. Guess I forgot to take it off. It’s off now! No more ghosts. ~ karen

  136. Candice says:

    My 2yo enjoyed seeing the chickens 🙂

  137. pam says:

    Ok, really trying to figure out what the heck you are up to. I know your are making sauce, but what is that read and white contraption?

    • Karen says:

      Pam – That is a tomato press. It squishes the whole tomatoes and separates the seeds and skin from the “juice”. Then you take the juice, boil it, can it and process it. ~ karen!

  138. Sebrah says:

    Nice legs! Whit Whoo! Those tomatoes look fresh too 😉

  139. Corinna says:

    Did you have any trouble getting them to lay in their nesting boxes? The Good Feathers (my gang of feathered thugs) do have the run of the backyard so I worry they’ll lay wherever.

    • Karen says:

      Corinna – Make sure they have a designated nesting box close to their coop. Preferably inside somewhere. Put a couple of fake eggs in there and they’ll get the idea. It’s instinctual for them. But you do have to help them along by making sure they know where the nesting box is, and making sure you have some fake eggs in there. They like a secluded, smallish place to lay their eggs. They stand when they lay though, so there needs to be enough headroom that they can do that. ~ karen!

  140. Corinna says:

    Dr Quinn Medicine Chicken laid her first egg last night! She laid it beside the nesting box, so I need to rework that a little. I’m very excited. I am going to have the tiniest breakfast ever.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Yup, those first ones are hilariously small. They don’t take long to get bigger though! Congratulations. Isn’t it just about the most exciting thing EVER? ~ karen!

  141. Tigersmom says:

    Did I miss something? Where is the coop cam? The last few times I have tried to check on the girls I get nothin’.

  142. Corinna says:

    Question for you, oh wise chicken guru: I’m allowed chickens but my neighbours whine about chicken squawking when they are laying – do your neighbours mind? I’m going to try to find your magazines today.. =)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Corinna – No. Nobody here minds the odd egg squawk. In fact, they claim to like the sound of the chickens. It could be the neighbours don’t like the idea that you have chickens in general and the only thing they can think to complain about is the squawk. ~ karen!

  143. Corinna says:

    One neighbour really doesn’t – she claims that they attract field mice (not because we back onto a field).. my other neighbour says they attract squirrels.. I say their lack of chickens breed earwigs.. The lady neighbour has a right to be a little annoyed since they flew over our fence 3 times. I youtubed how to clip their wings. Now they just torment me.

  144. Leigh says:

    Is Coop Cam still down? I have a strange, chicken-shaped hole in my life right now!

    • Karen says:

      It is. 🙁 I just checked the camera yesterday and it still isn’t working. I accidentally left it in the rain and I was hoping once it dried out it would be up and working again. So the Coop Cam is on hold until I buy another camera. 🙁 Booo. ~ karen!

      • Leigh says:

        Let us know what type of camera. You never know if someone might have an old one somewhere! Like, for free. Free stuff is awesome!

        • Karen says:

          LOL! I don’t think anyone would have one of these hanging around. 🙁 It’s a tRendnet TV-IP851WIC 360degree, night vision, security camera. Meant for indoors. Which I pretty much ignored, LOL. I normally keep a glass cover over the camera which works great, but it blurs the images. So when it’s nice it I remove the glass. This time I forgot to put it back on and a HUGE thunderstorm rolled in. Completely and totally my fault. I deserve to have to buy another camera. ~ karen!

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