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.
Project Contact: Wayne Daley