Like children and husbands chickens are cutest when they’re sleeping. They aren’t pecking at you, fighting, making a mess or getting on your nerves in any way. They’re just sleeping. And pooping. (husbands only do this if they have the stomach flu. Or ebola. Or a serious drinking problem)
Also not unlike children sometimes when you have young chickens you’re compelled to make sure they’re breathing while they sleep and not being eaten by raccoons.
So when I got my new chicks I was determined to get the Coop Cam up and running again so I could keep my eye on them when they were sleeping. Last year I had the Coop Cam going while I took some time off and it was perfect. You liked it, I liked it, the rain didn’t like it. The rain was determined to kill my camera.
I wasn’t the sharpest version of myself last summer. I left food out on the counter, called people by the wrong names and left $400 video cameras out in the rain. Repeatedly. The good part was I didn’t care. Rotten food? Meh. A little curdled mayonnaise never hurt anyone.
So I spent the last couple of weeks staring at my broken, waterlogged camera. Then I’d plug it in to see if it worked. I did a lot of picking it up, shaking it, and then plugging it in. Weirdly, that didn’t fix it.
Luckily when I bought the original Coop Camera, I bought another, slightly cheaper camera because the original plan was to have 2 cameras in the coop working at the same time. Very cinematic. Very ambitious. Very unlikely to happen while having my stomach pumped because of bad mayonnaise.
The older waterlogged camera was pushed to the back of the closet, and I pulled out the other camera which hadn’t been set up yet and I spent 2 weeks getting it set up and working. Which is exactly how long it should have taken, give or take 13 days and 23 hours. Apparently I’m still not at my sharpest.
For now the Coop Cam will be focused on the new flock, the Black Copper Marans which are in their new home, a portion of the large coop. In the day the camera will be pointed to where they eat, drink and poop while at night you’ll be able to watch the 4 growing chicks as they snuggle, sleep, sigh and sleepwalk on each others heads.
You can watch the Coop Camera right now by clicking the picture below. You can also always watch the Coop Cam by clicking on the link on the righthand side bar.
If you’re watching the coop cam from your smart phone you have to make sure it is first set to “desktop version”, which you can adjust in your Smart Phone by scrolling to the bottom of any page on The Art of Doing Stuff.
If you’re asked to login, just use the username “guest” and leave the password area blank.
The coop cam is INSIDE the coop this time. Less chance of it being rained on that way, but a greater chance of it being pooped on.