I felt I didn't get to see the chickens much at this time or year- when I go to work in the morning it is still dark and they're still in bed. They come out for breakfast, but I only see them for 10 minutes. Then by the time I get home from work the chickens are all tucked up in bed again.
So, in comes CoopPi. A Raspberry Pi Zero with a Pi NoIR camera and wifi adapter all mounted into a tupperware container. Then a infraRed LED arrangement, all put inside the coop.
So I can watch them from any computer on the network.
I can confirm that they don't always sleep in the same order.
I am still here.. still doing things.. infact I've so many things to do I haven't put any of it it online!
I replaced the spray bar and intake pipe of the aquarium with clear acrylic ones, they look ever so shiny.
You can barely see them. Whilst at it I cleaned all the pipes (including the ones behind the kitchen wall, which was easier than I thought it would be). Loads of gunk came out! And now the flow is so string I've turned the circulation pump off for a bit!
I might have beaten the rats in the chicken run.. for now.
The entire back wall of 25mm weldmesh has been recovered with 13mm weldmesh- small enough to keep most rodents out! This required me to dig down about 2 foot until I was under the rat tunnels, pour a load of concrete and put lots of horizontal mesh down underground. I'm sure they'll find a way back in, but for now- success! I also dug round the outside of the whole run and put down horizontal weldmesh- so anything digging down next to the mesh hits a floor of mesh.
The tarp is because the chickens are currently under quarantine because of Avian Flu, by covering all the roof and having the whole run made of 13mm mesh the chickens can't come into contact with wild birds, so can still go out into the run.
The garden is, if not growing, still hanging in there. There cauliflower and ornamental kale.