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Audio Monitoring for Animal Well-being

Sensors capable of reliably monitoring the well-being of birds reared in confined housing currently do not exist. FPTD engineers and poultry scientists at the University of Georgia are investigating whether the birds themselves could be the answer. Anecdotal evidence and previous research at the University of Connecticut indicate that this might be a possibility. To help the poultry industry assess growout house conditions and thus flock health and performance, the team has built an experimental monitoring system. The Growout Monitoring System collects and then analyzes bird vocalizations to determine if the birds are behaving in an unusual manner due to environmental conditions, disease, or other stressors.

 

Flock Talk: Bird Vocalization Research Could Improve Poultry Production, Lower Costs

 

 

 

Project Contact: Wayne Daley

 

 

Audio Monitoring for Animal Welfare

Georgia Tech and UGA examine recordings of bird vocalizations from a small flock of chickens at the University of Georgia’s Poultry Research Center. Shown are (l-r) Wayne Daley, Bruce Webster, Doug Britton, David Anderson and Casey Ritz. (Photo Credit: Gary Meek)

 

Audio Monitoring for Animal Welfare

Wayne Daley, a GTRI principal research scientist, and Casey Ritz, a UGA associate professor of poultry science, prepare to record vocalizations of a small flock of chickens at the University of Georgia’s Poultry Research Center. (Photo Credit: Gary Meek)