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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


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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

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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.

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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!

http://www.thegardencoop.com/
05-20-2014, 04:45 PM #5
yankees skier
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05-20-2014, 05:02 PM #6
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sounds like a great idea. blink.gif



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