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.
Sorry to everyone who keeps chickens as this will make you itch and your skin crawl (it does me everytime I think about it)...
Noticed that Elsie still hasn't grown feathers after her moult in certain areas, then also whilst checking on the girls whilst they were roosting last night I saw several specs of dust moving on the camera lens... except they weren't specs of dust :(
So at 10pm last night I had to half empty the shed to reach the Diatomaceous Earth right at the back. This has been liberally sprinkled around the coop, nest box and dust-bathing areas (as well as on the poor chickens themselves!) Had to run upstairs for a shower just in case I'd picked up a few "stowaways"...
Hopefully this will have an effect very quickly - I think the hot weather we've had recently has caused the mite population to explode - fingers crossed the DE puts a stop to them.
I'm itching now just after typing this!
Posting this from somewhere between Soest and Amsterdam - myself and my nephew Joe are taking part in this year's Amsterdam Cycle Ride for Breakthrough Cancer.
You might remember I did the same ride with scarlet a few years ago.
It's just hit 31c and we have a few miles still to go so are taking it pretty easy!
I don't want sunstroke again...
More later - finding it quite hard to type. :-)
I am absolutely disgusted to find out that Walkers have started adding meat to their Smokey Bacon and Roast Chicken flavoured crisps. WTH?!?
When the rest of the world is becoming more vegetarian and vegan friendly (Toby carvery have even introduced a vegan option...a carvery!!!) how can Walkers justify taking such a huge step backwards??
Boo to Walkers!
We've upgraded one of the original old cameras to a nice new HD camera - it's currently the 'eye in the sky' in the coop, looking down at the hens - it should look nice and clear unless a spider has wove a web over the lens!
I'm thinking of have a bit of a reconciling of cams, some are getting on a bit so it would be nice to shuffle them around to provide the best picture quality.
Hope you enjoy the new cam and angle...
Thanks to CC and Lynn who helped us get back online again - thank you so much we couldn't have done it without you!
My capture card is dead, so that means no more webcam streams on hencam.
They are pretty expensive to replace and the last donation I had was several years ago so I'm afraid that's it for now unless you want to help us.
She's not sat in her usual spot, but I haven't spotted her today down with the other chickens either...
I'm thinking she's decided to set up a new nest somewhere else as some nasty sod (me) keeps turfing her off that spot! If you spot her downstairs, let me know.
Gaz asked via email:
Does that hen move out of the nesting box to eat and drink? Ive been watching 3 days now and its still in the same place.What has made her broody?
Ivy is broody - sitting on eggs that have no chance of hatching unfortunately...
I did enquire about getting her some fertilised eggs to hatch (how lovely would it be to have chicks again!), but received a firm "no" from Helen!
I've just realised the sound is still not working for some reason - further investigation is required - possibly something has fried somewhere. :(
It was a gorgeous sunny day yesterday, and in the evening we were lucky enough to see these cuties playing in the field:
One of the girls laid "the monster" the other day. It's huge. It feels heavy in your hand - god knows how many yolks are in there - I dare not look!
When someone musters up the courage to crack it open, I'll make sure it's documented! Inquisitive people need to know what's inside!
I've received a few domain renewals that are, quite frankly, a total rip-off, so I'm allowing them to expire. The main one is hencam.info - if you use that to visit hencam it will stop working in June.
I think it points to a page that provides help for others who want to set up their own dog/fish/lamb cam or whatever. It was because I was spending half my free time answering emails asking the same questions over and over! The page says something about "if this page was helpful please consider donating" - the last donation was in 2011 so I don't feel bad about letting it 'die' - everybody expects everything on the Internet to be free, and unfortunately it costs someone somewhere, and in this case, it's me.
Use www.hencam.co.uk to get to us and you should be fine. :)
If you want help on setting up your own streaming webcam, google it!
Sorry for the "advertisement" but I'm proud of my daughter so I'm allowed!
If you are in the mood for a gritty, hard-hitting slice of teenage fiction, have a look at Weeping Shards - Scarlet's first published book!
It's only 77p, so if you aren't upset by some adult topics and some slightly colourful language, it's a really good read!