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The incredible and fantastic future for the virtually free-range chickens
05-19-2014, 10:38 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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The VIRTUALLY free-range chickens: Researchers develop technology to fool battery birds into thinking they are roaming free in a field

Virtual reality promises to change the way we communicate and give us new experiences - and could do the same for livestock, one artist has claimed.

An Iowa assistant professor has created the first virtual reality system for chickens - and said it could allow battery hens to experience life in an open field.

The concept uses a specially developed headset to show chickens a virtual world from withing their cages - and even features a microphone so they can cluck with their fellow fowl.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...field.html

The special headset transports chickens to a virtual field with waving grass, a few trees, and some artificial intelligence chickens wandering around. The artist behind the project says he hope it provokes debate of animal cruelty - and how humans are increasingly existing in virtual worlds


Hundreds of chickens in large warehouses could wear the headsets, and even inhabit the same space and hear and see each other

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05-19-2014, 11:17 PM #2
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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I know chickens aren't any too bright ~ but really, VR?? Poor things, God only knows what they will avtually be eating when they bite into a juicy bug.

Factory farming is deplorable, but I don't think this is the answer ~ they are already doing it as cheaply as possible, cramming them 6+ to a cage with no room to walk around or flap their wings.

I keep 14 hens ~ not truly free range, as I dinna want dogs rolling in chicken poo ~ but hey, they are happy, healthy and very productive.

Sorry about the space for the pics ~ I could resist showing how easy it is to keep a few birds and screw the factory egg farms.

05-19-2014, 11:30 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Hey that looks great! I want some chickens too, my sister just got a bunch of them. We don't have enough space here though so it'll have to be a future project. cheers.gif
05-20-2014, 12:04 AM #4
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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For just a few hens, you don't need a ton of room ~ about 10 sf per bird (1m sq) floor room.

I used the plans from this place (enlarged considerably) and they have a small version called the 'Ark' ~ give it a look!

05-20-2014, 04:45 PM #5
yankees skier
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05-20-2014, 05:02 PM #6
White Ribbon call me
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sounds like a great idea. blink.gif



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