Next Article in Journal
Evaluating Heavy Metal Stress Levels in Rice Based on Remote Sensing Phenology
Next Article in Special Issue
Near-Field Chipless Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Sensing and Identification System with Switching Reading
Previous Article in Journal
A Review of Multimode Interference in Tapered Optical Fibers and Related Applications
Previous Article in Special Issue
Moving Object Localization Based on UHF RFID Phase and Laser Clustering
Open AccessArticle

An RFID-Based Smart Nest Box: An Experimental Study of Laying Performance and Behavior of Individual Hens

Department of Electrical Engineering, National Ilan University, Yilan City 26047, Taiwan
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sensors 2018, 18(3), 859; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18030859
Received: 7 February 2018 / Revised: 6 March 2018 / Accepted: 13 March 2018 / Published: 14 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RFID-Based Sensors for IoT Applications)
This study designed a radio-frequency identification (RFID)-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform to create the core of a smart nest box. At the sensing level, we have deployed RFID-based sensors and egg detection sensors. A low-frequency RFID reader is installed in the bottom of the nest box and a foot ring RFID tag is worn on the leg of individual hens. The RFID-based sensors detect when a hen enters or exits the nest box. The egg-detection sensors are implemented with a resistance strain gauge pressure sensor, which weights the egg in the egg-collection tube. Thus, the smart nest box makes it possible to analyze the laying performance and behavior of individual hens. An evaluative experiment was performed using an enriched cage, a smart nest box, web camera, and monitoring console. The hens were allowed 14 days to become accustomed to the experimental environment before monitoring began. The proposed IoT platform makes it possible to analyze the egg yield of individual hens in real time, thereby enabling the replacement of hens with egg yield below a pre-defined level in order to meet the overall target egg yield rate. The results of this experiment demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed RFID-based smart nest box in monitoring the egg yield and laying behavior of individual hens. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arduino; Internet of Things (IoT); smart agriculture; smart nest box; laying behavior; RFID Arduino; Internet of Things (IoT); smart agriculture; smart nest box; laying behavior; RFID
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

MDPI and ACS Style

Chien, Y.-R.; Chen, Y.-X. An RFID-Based Smart Nest Box: An Experimental Study of Laying Performance and Behavior of Individual Hens. Sensors 2018, 18, 859.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop