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GPS Trackable Poultry Tags

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vagb92, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. vagb92

    vagb92 New Egg

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    Does anyone know of a site that sells these? So far the only affordable option I have seen is RFID tags but they are not gps traceable and would require an RFID reader which has limited range.
    Im really wanting to incorporate traceable tags when I put ID tags on my free range babies. I have lost three grown birds without a trace and am rearing more pullets at the moment.
     
  2. raefrog

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    Not to hyjack your thread, but last night my husband and I were talking about this for our backyard chickens after I found yet again another hidden nest. He is an electrical engineer specializing in small electronics, and currently works with RFID, bluetooth, and GPS devices. Since we couldn't find anything for our needs he was talking about designing something. So the question is. What do people want in a chicken GPS tracker? We were thinking of a leg tag. How long a battery life would it need, distance or range, would detecting non motion (aka lay egging, broody, etc) be helpful for those hidden nests? Would you pay more for this feature? If we were to make an app to connect to a smart phone, what other features would you want. How much are people willing to pay for a tracking system? What problems are you trying to solve by tracking your chickens? If we can get enough interest and get the cost down we could possibly do a KickStarter this summer.
     
  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hello to both of you and... Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Good idea.

    I'm a tight wad, so I might not buy... but having the option would be great. Have hidden nest and a recent missing chick. I can see a market for it. [​IMG]
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Don't think you could get anything small enough to leg tag....maybe wing band.
    How small can you make it?
    Anything over 1x1x1/4" might inhibit the birds movements.
    I seriously doubt the market would be large enough to warrant the research/prototyping.
    Maybe a few squints/wireweenies with liquid cash and a free range layer flock would indulge,
    but other than that, nah.
    Just because something can be made, doesn't mean it should.
     
  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Such a buzz kill! [​IMG]

    Probably right though. [​IMG]
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I know, I know, but sometimes the illogical delusions trip my biotchswitch far beyond my diplomacy threshold.
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Sounds like home. I get all these great ideas, and then my husband shoots them down with reality. [​IMG]
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    It's the opposite at my house... my daughter and I are always shooting down hubby's grandiose ideas. [​IMG]
     
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    A good and necessary one. I'll just leave it at that... :)
     

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