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Does anyone use a wireless audio monitor to check on livestock? I'm worried about predators getting to my chickens in a chicken tractor (a determined coyote could dig under the base of the tractor), and thought about putting a battery-powered baby monitor in the roosting area. Many of the monitors have 1,000 foot range and generally the tractor is less than 300-400 feet away from the house. I'm not sure if this would work, or not, but for less than $50 it sounds like a cheap way to monitor the chickens at night, when I hear coyotes howling at times.
 

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We bought a long range baby monitor at WalMart many years ago and it's still going strong. Originally we bought it to monitor our female goats as they approached their kidding dates. Since then, it has stayed in the barn and the other end sits in a living room window facing the barn. Our chickens have one stall of the barn transformed into their coop. It's been very handy each year at kidding time especially but we leave it on year around. It's kind of funny to be playing cards with friends when the rooster lets loose and they jump. We've gotten used to the various sounds and know when to head out and take a peak vs. just enjoying the sounds of the birds, goats and barn kitties.
 

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I use a pair of GMRS radio's with rechargeable batteries and voice activated. Baby Monitors want work at the distance I Need. I can monitor my chickens miles away. This way you carry the second one on your person all day. Get a extra battery and change the one out at the chicken coop or where ever you want it. It has to be close to them to activate the voice activated deal. Would not work trying to monitor chickens on the other side of the yard. Usually get a good set in the $50 range.
 

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Does anyone use a wireless audio monitor to check on livestock? I'm worried about predators getting to my chickens in a chicken tractor (a determined coyote could dig under the base of the tractor), and thought about putting a battery-powered baby monitor in the roosting area. Many of the monitors have 1,000 foot range and generally the tractor is less than 300-400 feet away from the house. I'm not sure if this would work, or not, but for less than $50 it sounds like a cheap way to monitor the chickens at night, when I hear coyotes howling at times.
sure does...electric fencing is a great option as well
 

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Yes, they will work some distance away. Even those made 40 years ago worked. You just have to set them up & test their range, etc.
Many years ago, I helped a private detective do surveillance work , when needed. He had multiple cheap baby monitors that he used . Most were divorce cases & one spouse would put the transmitter in the house, [ maybe under the BED ] & we would have the receiver outside a few hundred feet away , sitting in the car. A voice activated recorder would record what was said. WHEW ! Sometimes, it was nothing more that an audio " porn show !"
 

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Yes, they will work some distance away. Even those made 40 years ago worked. You just have to set them up & test their range, etc.
Many years ago, I helped a private detective do surveillance work , when needed. He had multiple cheap baby monitors that he used . Most were divorce cases & one spouse would put the transmitter in the house, [ maybe under the BED ] & we would have the receiver outside a few hundred feet away , sitting in the car. A voice activated recorder would record what was said. WHEW ! Sometimes, it was nothing more that an audio " porn show !"
LOL, our one rooster with nine hens is a stallion among roosters... but it doesn't last more than about two seconds, so not much of a "show"...
 
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