Watching over the chickens is necessary.
We have lost chickens to hawks and Lynx
We have Coyotes and owls and eagles and
many other predators.
Besides the main Coop pan tilt camera which
can scan the entire front of the coop area,
We have 2 fixed cameras with large IR illuminators.
These cameras were very inexpensive since I assembled them myself.
Then we have two cameras inside the coop. a wide angle camera
mounted in the copula with the computer and another
pan tilt camera to watch the nests and at night to
insure that all the flock is inside before pressing
the close door button on the web page.
Then we also have two pan tilt cameras that spend
most of the time pointed at the chickens but which
have telephoto lenses and also can watch the property.