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I am a software engineer and also a poultry farmer.

I periodically have to manipulate my poultry in such a way as to grab their head and hold them for a brief period, approximately 10 - 30 seconds. This is an extremely labor-intensive process and it occurred to me that I might be able to use robotics to do the same task. I am a software engineer so I know very little about robotics and am hoping that someone can point me in the right direction. Can someone please refer me to companies and/or robotic systems that might be able to help me with this task?

I currently load the poultry into cages specifically designed for this process. I am thinking that these cages could still be used as they keep the birds from running and make it much easier to capture their heads.

I recently read about a Raspberry PI that had a port of Deep Belief image recognition SDK and thought this might be a promising start.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is this a de-beaking robot? $\endgroup$ – superluminary Nov 5 '14 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ Is there a video of the process you are trying to automate? The mechanism you need will depend a lot on the range of motion that needs to be supported, both for the grab and for the positioning. $\endgroup$ – Ian Nov 6 '14 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ Yes there are videos of the process and it is not de-beaking. I am reticent to mention what the process is or provide videos due to the fact that some consider it inhumane. However, I always endeavor to treat my birds as humanely as possible. This is not a, "I need to figure this out now", but more a "Is this possible with current known technology". This all may seem a little vague and my apologies if that is the case. $\endgroup$ – John Aschenbrenner Nov 6 '14 at 18:49
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Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) does research on automated poultry processing (http://foodtech.gatech.edu/robotics-automation.html). You might start there.

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