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  1. Jill says:

    LOVE the Coop Cam! The chickens are beautiful!

  2. 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!! :)

  3. Sarah In Illinois says:


  4. Nicola says:

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

  5. 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 :)

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Westcoast Nan says:

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

  9. nancy w says:

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

  10. 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

  11. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Love it!

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. Paulin says:

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. Pati Gulat says:

    FABULOUS, Karen ! Enjoying it immensely !!

  21. 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.

  22. Cynthia says:

    I spy crocs! 😉 Love this.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. Karen B says:

    What breed of chicken are the ladies?

  26. Eliza says:

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

  27. 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!

  28. Diane says:


  29. 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.

  30. 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 :)

  31. Laurinda says:

    Ha ha- LOVE this!!

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. Marti says:

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

  35. gloria says:

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

  36. tammy carter says:

    coop cam

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. Darlene says:

    I still don’t see the coop cam…

  40. 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!

  41. Jody says:

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

  42. Jody says:

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

  43. Jody says:

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

  44. 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

  45. joanna says:

    awwwww Cheese Whiz!!!!

  46. Kat says:

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

  47. Darlene says:

    Is that a black & white chicken in the back?

  48. 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. 😉

  49. Treva says:

    Good girl!! Nice lookin’ egg!

  50. 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.

  51. Debbie says:

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

  52. 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 :(

  53. Amy says:

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

  54. 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!!

  55. rktrixy says:

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

  56. Kim says:

    Why do I feel like a pervert? lol

  57. 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

  58. 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!

  59. chris says:

    They’re getting settled… it apparently takes a while

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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!

  63. 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!

  64. Mary Werner says:

    Tell Way Lay they ROCK!

  65. Kipley Herr says:

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

  66. Angela says:

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

  67. 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!

  68. 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!

  69. 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..

  70. Jenn says:

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


  71. Natika33 says:

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

  72. 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!

  73. 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………………………..

  74. Shauna says:

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

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. Bonnie says:

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

  78. 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!

  79. Barbie says:

    OK…sleeping chickens ARE kinda cute!

  80. Kat says:

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

  81. 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.

  82. 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!

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. Barbie says:

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

  87. 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!

  88. 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!

  89. 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?!

  90. Darlene says:

    Does that mean we are stuck looking at this piece of wood all day?? :-(

  91. 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!

  92. 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.

  93. Karen says:

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

  94. Jenn says:

    There is always for your chicken viewing pleasure!

    Bonus: goats!

  95. 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.

  96. 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!

  97. 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 —


  98. 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.

  99. 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.

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