Our local BT exchange was recently (in the last day or so) enabled for superfast fibre broadband, so I've done the sums and pulled the trigger!
Swapping providers from BT has enabled me to get a lot faster broadband for a little bit less than I'm paying now - result!
It means that the streaming should be more reliable, maybe even with less buffering when you open the page. It will also mean we can go even higher in the image quality and resolution... Exciting!
If anyone else wants a cracking deal on broadband (both fibre and standard), look no further than:
Lyle bought me a target stick combined with a clicker as a surprise, and it arrived yesterday. It's brilliant!
You can make the target longer and shorter and the click is a nice volume too. You press the button to produce a click.
So essentially when the dog touches the target, you click (the click is what tells the dog they did the right thing) and then reward. At first you might need to break the behaviour down into smaller pieces (which is called shaping); for example with Zoey I clicked when she looked toward the target at first, then when she moved towards it, and finally when she nudged it with her nose.
It was funny, with Zoey she picked it up faster when the target was longer. Kasper on the other hand was confused by such a long target. Zoey went instinctively to the ball on the end of the target and picked it up super quickly.
Kasper, however, took a lot longer to pick up what the target stick was for, which was surprising. He offered all sorts of behaviours bless him trying to figure out what I wanted (lie down, sit, tall and even a sit pretty which we haven't even mastered yet!). I had to click/treat him as he approached the stick, and toss a treat across the room to reset his position so he could approach again.
We trained for about a minute and by the end he was really getting the hang of it. I've had another session with Zoey since then, and already can get her to jump on and off of furniture following the target stick :D
Check out the forum for extra pics :)
Hopefully the hencam webcam is back! Let me know if you still have problems.
The webcam feeds will be back on Friday!
That's when the carpet arrives so hopefully then I can put all the wiring back that hencam runs from...
Depending on how that goes it will be back Friday evening or Saturday at the latest. Yay!
Wishing my dad (and all the others out there) a very happy Father's Day!
I'll give you your amazing (!) gifts when I next see you, dad :D
The webcam feeds are offline for the next week or two (pretty much until we can get the new carpet laid and get the PC back to where all the camera wiring enters the house), but in the meantime I can set up a single cam on something else...
Your options are: James the snake - probably most of the time it will be showing empty vivarium as he hides under his cork hide...
Or the cows in the field opposite our house, which will mostly be an empty field as the cows aren't in there all the time.
The builder is here all day today so we're offline for the day I'm afraid.
He'll also be here tomorrow so no webcam then either.
Back hopefully the day after (Thursday).
You may have noticed the webcam is offline.
We are having building and electrical work done, so have no PC or streaming at the moment.
We hope to be back as soon as possible.
We've had some beautiful weather here today, same as yesterday - has anybody else had it?
We took Zoey for her walk around the forest, and for the first time since we have lived here the forest was dry and not deathly slippy with mud!
Well, first of all Zoey found a dead thing to roll on, only it was at the top of a hill, so she actually missed it, rolled all the way down the hill, and lay upside-down at our feet!! She was a little grubby after that...THEN the field we walk through was dotted with dried, crusty poo from some animal. Zoey had a little taste and promptly flopped onto it for a roll...'ah well, at least it's dry' we thought...WRONG!!! :gasp:
The poo was wet, gunky and stinky on the inside...ewwww! So Zoey's left side was covered in poop hahahaha!
And finally, on our way out of the forest, Zoey waded through the one and only bog in the WHOLE forest and covered her feet in sludge. Which would have been fine, only she sat down in the middle of the path and scratched her head with a gunky foot!!
So this is what we came back with...
You have only a few more days to get your entry into the competition!
If you can think of a poem, joke, draw a picture or anything else you can think of related to hens and hencam, post it and show off your skills to the rest of us!
Scarlet raised the bar (admittedly to quite a low height) with this epic... thing...
Well it's been a while but Easter is nearing so what better way to welcome you all to the site than 2014's hencam Easter competition?!
There is chocolate to be won!
Simply post your bestest Easter drawing, poem or joke in the Hencam 2014 Easter Competition thread!
There are some simply stunning prizes to be won (this part may be slightly EGGxaggerated). Chocolate Easter eggs! Yay!
As I'm not sure a chocolate egg will make it to the US in one piece (and I can't afford the postage), the prize for the winning entry from the US will be an Amazon voucher worth over $30! ($30.46 to be EGGxact!!)
Lots going on so this is really late - sorry!
Hope you all had a great festive period and are going to have a fabulous 2014...
With the site remodeled and starting our first local dog walking job tomorrow, we couldn't be more excited here at Paws To The Door!
Just to recap we walk and train dogs in the local area including:
For more info, or to get in touch, please check out our website at:
Hope you've noticed that the hencam webcam is now much clearer and larger - you shouldn't miss a single moment of high-octane chicken-excitement now!
I've noticed that wild birds are stealing our hen's foods - how dare they!!!
In very exciting (well, mildly interesting) news, recent upgrades to the hencam system have meant that we are now broadcasting in super-high quality!
Our Internet connection can now support a higher bit-rate, our cameras are higher quality CCD with more lines per inch, and our capture hardware supports 64bit offering higher quality and speed.
Hopefully you'll see the improvement straight away, but there are some more tweaks and improvements I will be making over the coming days so keep an eye out :)
Let me know in the forum if you notice any improvement - maybe the feathers on the hens look clearer now? The sound should also be much improved too!
Well, the great hencam bonfire night party was a bit of a damp squib - it rained like crazy all night, so it was reconvened to a later date and unfortunately new location:
(actually, that's a proper firework display going wrong, and setting off all 7000 fireworks at once!)
To make it up to all those that patiently sat watching hencam that night listening to the rain and pretty much nothing else, we're going to try and make it up to you with the amazing, exciting, once-in-a-lifetime display of... INDOOR FIREWORKS! They are notoriously bad, a lot of them look like turds and they were once popular in the 1970's... You have been warned!
I will set a date when they arrive!
It's around that time of year when we will be having bonfire festivities once again to celebrate Guy Fawkes!
It's going to happen Tomorrow (Saturday) the 2nd November (I know bonfire night is on the 5th but we'll be working... so it's easier to do it on the weekend)
Helen is preparing the pork pie and peas (veggie option available of course!), cheese and onion pie, jacket spuds, and mint sauce for the peas!
I have bought some fireworks - only 12 but they are big ones I promise! This time I will try and actually be organised enough to sort the camera angle out before it gets pitch black and I stumble around the garden tripping over wires...
Fireworks start at around 7pm - if it changes I'll post here.
Looking forward to having your company! :)
Hope you all have/had a fun halloween and weren't too spooked by the scary goings on everywhere!
Hope you have a fab 24th - we'll see you soon!
Wishing a fab birthday to my dad for tomorrow - happy birthday man! :)
A friend sent me the following worrying news item. He said it was particularly scary that it was a tiny footnote between much larger news items, as though it was hidden away.
Can you imagine if it had been bird flu that had killed 280 people each year in Britain, it would have been front page news! But as it's only the meat industry feeding antibiotics (and god knows what else) to the food some people will eventually eat so that they can increase margins and keep the chickens in dreadful conditions, it's suddenly acceptable. Glad to be veggie..!
ABOUT 280 people are dying in Britain each year from antibiotic-resistant superbugs from chicken, spawned by the food industry's drive to maximise yields, according to a new study.
In the first study of its kind, scientists estimate that across Europe there are 1,500 deaths a year from the bugs from chickens treated with antibiotics to counter infections.
The international group of scientists that carried out the study included an adviser from the World Health Organisation, and said the number of avoidable deaths was "staggering".
The evidence was welcomed by Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, who had "been clear that the threat from antimicrobial resistance is very real".
Experts say overuse of antibiotics in poultry leads to superbugs that have developed a resistance to the drugs and can cause blood poisoning in humans.