With the advancement of technology, the application of VR technology (Vir-tual Reality) has become more and more popular, and it has been seen in various movies and games. However, have you ever thought about applying VR technology to the chicken industry?
Recently, Austin Stewart, an assistant professor at the University of Iowa State, proposed a simple idea: Can you use VR technology to raise chickens? Then he put the idea into action and quickly set up the company and started research and development. This concept has also received widespread attention from the local media.
There are no more than two ways to raise chickens normally; captive and free-range. Chickens in ordinary farms are usually kept in small cages, and there is no activity other than eating or drinking. Growing in this cramped space environment, the immunity of the chicken will be affected, resulting in a decrease in egg production.
However, free farm stocking of these chickens will increase the cost of farming. For example, the free-range chickens will fight each other and be injured, easy to lose, and the chickens are difficult to protect.
VR farming technology combines the concept of free farming with traditional captivity. Put the VR heads on the chickens and let them be in the VR world all the time, creating a virtual, happy growth environment for them. Let the chickens enjoy the joy of living in the wild while being captive.
Through the VR head display, the chicken will see a beautiful environment, ample food water, and a virtual world of the same kind. In this virtual world, day and night and the real world are synchronized, which can ensure the normal working schedule of chickens and ensure that the production performance such as egg production is not affected.
The VR head worn by the chicken also has a microphone through which the chicken can communicate with the virtual companion. The water and insects that the chicken sees in the virtual world will correspond to the actual water tanks and food tanks. Chickens, like free-range in nature, can walk freely, socialize, and eat.
In reality, however, each chicken lives in a separate hen house. They stand on a omnidirectional treadmill like a globe and can run freely in any direction, feeling like they are in the fields.
There are separate air filtration units in each house to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and parasites. The VR head is also equipped with a sensor that monitors the health of the chicken in real time. Since each chicken lives in a separate chicken house, even if a chicken is sick, it will not be transmitted to other similar species. This basically eliminates the occurrence of large-scale epidemics.
Currently, this VR chicken technology is still under development.