The Coop Cam is BACK

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.

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  1. Debbie says:

    I love it. Until I get mine I will have to be content watching you feather babies.

  2. Louise says:

    Awww! I just peeked in and saw a sleepy eye open, and then a feathery bundle snuggle further down with the other babies.

  3. Sally A says:

    I love it! I’m confused though. When I first viewed it this morning I saw three sleeping Morans…now I see the feeder…did you move the camera this morning? Also, the comments there are from 2013, I feel like I’m not doing something right?

    So fun! Thanks for setting it up!

    • Karen says:

      Everything’s fine Sally A, lol. Some of the comments are old because the coop cam first went up last year in 2013. That’s why the comments are from then. And the camera moved because one of the chickens ran into it, lol. It’s back in position now. ~ karen!

  4. Ev Wilcox says:

    They got BIG! And I think one of them was looking knowingly at the camera. A chicken ham!

  5. Tigersmom says:

    Yay! Coop Cam! Haha! All I saw were chicken butts moving around in artsy stop motion black and white and then CHICKEN HEAD! Hahahahahahahahah!

  6. Ruth says:

    Not showing up over here at all. Ah well…. :-/

    • Karen says:

      That’s weird. It should be. Where you are in the world shouldn’t make any difference. Try again! ~ karen

      • Ruth says:

        I right-clicked the strange little blue-green rectangle that’s sitting where the video should be, and asked it to open in new tab and a JPEG image came up. No video… clicking on the little rectangle reaped no results.

  7. Maureen Locke says:

    No Coop Cam for me. I’m just getting a little box with a landscape drawing in it and nothing to click on. I’m checking this on my laptop. Any suggestions on how I might be able to see it or is the cam down??

    • Karen says:

      It’s up and running Maureen. When you get to that page is it asking you to sign in? You may need to give the camera more time to load on your computer, or you may have “JAVA” disabled on your computer. Those are the two things I can think of that might be causing problems. ~ karen!

      • Maureen Locke says:

        Hi Karen,
        It didn’t ask for a log in and I recently updated my Java so I assume that’s working. I switched to IE ( I currently use Chrome) and it did ask for a log in and the cam is working perfectly. Weird, must be an issue with Chrome. Thanks for the input. 🙂

  8. Bobbi says:

    No CAM. Just takes me to the original coop cam post from last year.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, that’s where it should be taking you. That’s the coop cam. When you get to that page is it asking you to sign in? You may need to give the camera more time to load on your computer, or you may have “JAVA” disabled on your computer. Those are the two things I can think of that might be causing problems. ~ karen!

  9. Amber says:

    You could watch the Audubon Puffin Cam while you’re waiting for the chickens 🙂
    And, Judi, um what?

  10. Bobbi says:

    I have chrome…switching to IE.

  11. ruth says:

    I saw chicken bums!

  12. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    What are you feeding them!!!! They look huge!

  13. Angie S says:

    I LOVE IT!!! They really seem to like to limbo!

  14. They/ve gotten so big!
    I marvel at your techie skills as well as your diy skills.
    Maybe try burying the other cam. in rice….??

  15. Katiej says:

    Yayayayayay!!! This is like a dream come true!

  16. Ms Mathieu says:

    Yahoo ! The coop cam is back !!! nothing like enjoying a cup of tea in the morning and watching the ” girls” thanks again Karen .

  17. Tracey says:

    Hi Karen,
    I know others have mentioned this, but there is a banner at the bottom of the page that keeps jumping around making it really hard to read your posts. It has no X to close the box. It’s from”Canadian Direct Financial”.
    I’m so sorry I don’t know how to take a screen shot on my iPad. This particular add seems to come up a lot.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the coop cam on my laptop!! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tracey – That particular ad is a Google ad and I really and truly have no idea how to get rid of it! I did discover one thing. If you refresh the page once or twice the ad at the bottom changes to a different one and usually there is an X to close it! I know. I hate that ad. ~ karen

      • Tracey says:

        Oh ya….I figured it was probably a google add. So annoying. Now I will google how to refresh a page on my iPad…I’m a Luddite. Thanks Karen!

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