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Animals 2016, 6(10), 62; doi:10.3390/ani6100062

Technology and Poultry Welfare

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Neiker Tecnalia, Arkaute Agrifood Campus, 01080 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Maria Diaz de Haro 3, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Academic Editors: Christine Nicol and T. Bas Rodenburg
Received: 4 July 2016 / Revised: 13 September 2016 / Accepted: 27 September 2016 / Published: 11 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Poultry Welfare)
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Abstract

Consideration of animal welfare is essential to address the consumers’ demands and for the long term sustainability of commercial poultry. However, assessing welfare in large poultry flocks, to be able to detect potential welfare risks and to control or minimize its impact is difficult. Current developments in technology and mathematical modelling open new possibilities for real-time automatic monitoring of animal welfare and health. New technological innovations potentially adaptable to commercial poultry are appearing, although their practical implementation is still being defined. In this paper, we review the latest technological developments with potential to be applied to poultry welfare, especially for broiler chickens and laying hens. Some of the examples that are presented and discussed include the following: sensors for farm environmental monitoring, movement, or physiological parameters; imaging technologies such as optical flow to detect gait problems and feather pecking; infrared technologies to evaluate birds’ thermoregulatory features and metabolism changes, that may be indicative of welfare, health and management problems. All these technologies have the potential to be implemented at the commercial level to improve birds’ welfare and to optimize flock management, therefore, improving the efficiency of the system in terms of use of resources and, thus, long term sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: technology; animal welfare; broiler chickens; laying hens; sensors; images; app; modelling technology; animal welfare; broiler chickens; laying hens; sensors; images; app; modelling
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Ben Sassi, N.; Averós, X.; Estevez, I. Technology and Poultry Welfare. Animals 2016, 6, 62.

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