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Questions About Crowd Funding.

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding has emerged as one of the most successful ways a fledgling startup like The Peep Show can bring a product to market. It is a proven way of raising capital through the collective efforts of our friends, family, and nesting fans like yourself. Instead of relying on a single large investor, crowdfunding relies on individual investors—just like you.

What is the relationship between The Peep Show and Indiegogo?

We chose Indiegogo to launch The Peep Show because they are one of the largest and most respected crowdfunding organizations to date. Although The Peep Show is a completely separate company, we leverage Indiegogo’s expertise get the word out, attract new customers, and facilitate sales transactions. What’s more, Indiegogo has selected The Peep Show to debut as a featured spotlight product on their platform. Now that’s something to crow. To learn more about your role as a backer, visit Indiegogo

When I purchase through Indiegogo, when will my Peep Show arrive?

All orders placed through Indiegogo are prioritized and will be the first to ship. Our goals is to ship all orders in spring 2022 so you will be ready for the spring nesting season.

For all orders placed before the end of 20121, manufacturing will begin in early January 2022. Unlike the majority of consumer goods sold today, The Peep Show is manufactured in the US and not overseas. Not only does this allow us better quality control, it also eliminates many of the overseas supply chain and shipping container delays issues faced by other manufacturers.

Do you sell internationally?

We won’t be selling internationally through Indiegogo, but in the first quarter of 2022 we will have shipment available for international orders. If you are interested, send us a note at hello@thePeepShow.com and include your name and your country and we will add you to our list.

Questions about video cameras.

What is so controvertial about video cameras in birdhouses?

If you talked with birding experts just a few years ago and asked them about placing battery powered video cameras in a nesting box, chances are you would be met with disapproval. It is long known that frequent disruptions to an active nest, say to change the battery every few weeks, would likely cause parents to abandon the nest.

However a new type of ultra-efficient Smart Home cameras have come on the market in just the past few years with new technology that allows up to two years of battery life. This eliminates the need to disturb a nest. To be extra cautious, we encourage you to change the batteries each spring so you start the nesting season with fresh batteries before migratory birds arrive.

What brands of cameras work with The Peep Show?

The Peep Show places the bird’s well-being at the forefront of what we do. Although many brands of Smart Home cameras may fit in The Peep Show, we only create camera mounts for those cameras which achieve at least six months of battery life. As more long-life battery cameras come online, we will add new Peep Show compatible mounts.

Currently we recommend both the Blink Outdoor and Eufy Cam 2C. We create mounts for both of these.

Can I livestream from my Peep Show?

Not exactly. To ensure the full two-year life of the battery, you won't be able to stream live 24-7 as that would drain the batteries in a matter of days. However, you can tune into a “live view” of 60 second on-demand intervals anytime. You can also record HD video and high quality still images.

Do you provide tech support?

Not at this time. We leave tech support to the nice people at BLINK. Once you register your BLINK camera and create an online account, you will have access to their BLINK support including online FAQs, owner’s forum, online chat and most importantly a toll free support line staffed by BLINK. We know birds. Blink knows cameras.

Can I use my own Blink or Eufy Cameras?

Absolutely. The Peep Show is designed to accommodate the BLINK camera with night vision (the black camera). This model of camera allows capturing images at night or in low light condition. It also allows you to disable the blue security light to reduce the chances of disturbing the nest.

Does this work on all phones? All tablets?

Yes. Both Eufy and Blink have apps work on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.

Will the camera batteries last through the winter?

Yes. We have tested The Peep Show in Fairbanks, Alaska for the past three winders and even at minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, we were able to video some local winter birds inspecting the nest. We still recommend changing to a fresh set of batteries in early spring before migrating birds arrive.

Peep Show on the left, Fairbanks, AK

Questions about nesting birds.

Do birds actually use birdhouses.

Yes! More than 24 species of birds nest in birdhouses, including songbirds, swallows and owls. Most of these birds nest in tree cavities, but when natural nesting areas remain scarce, birdhouses serve as a backup. Not all backyard birds use houses, including many popular species like cardinals, orioles and goldfinches. But enough common birds do nest in birdhouses to make it worthwhile to set up a few to see what happens.

Do you guarantee I will get birds in my nesting box?

Nope. Although we have created what we believe the most comfortable birdhouse possible for your feathered visitors, sometimes mother nature has other ideas. Chances of success are greater if you have had successful birdhouses before. Location, migratory bird patterns, environmental noise can all deter a successful nest. To add to your possibility of succuss, consider adding bird feeders and birdbaths in the area to give the nesting birds even more reason to raise their young in the birdhouses. For ideas on how to achieve nesting success and propper placement of birdhouses the website Nestwatch.org is a wonderful resource to get you started.

What are the most common birds for The Peep Show?

Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, House Wren, Black Capped Chickadee, Western Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmous, Flickers, Nuthatches and other smaller birds. Cardinals, hummingbirds, orioles and goldfinches, and robins do not usually use nesting boxes.

Do birds nest all year long?

Most birds will use a birdhouse during the spring nesting season only. The majority of nesting birds will raise one nest, but other speicies may have several broods throughout the year. Depending on where you live and the species of bird, nesting frequently starts in March, April, or May. However there are exceptions. We had a Flicker in Florida set up permanant home in a Peep Show for year round viewing. So I guess you never know! Arrival times for seasonal migratory birds differs greatly throughout North America. A great resource for learning more about local birdlife is your local chapter of the Audubon socienty. To find your local chapter, visit them online at Audubon.org.