The behaviour of commercial broilers in response to a mobile robot

Dennis, I. C. and Abeyesinghe, S. M. and Demmers, T. G. M. (2020) The behaviour of commercial broilers in response to a mobile robot. British Poultry Science. ISSN 0007-1668

12658_The-behaviour-of-commercial-broilers-in-response-to-a-mobile-robot_Accepted.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (1MB) | Preview
Official URL:


1. Modern broiler production, in increasingly large sheds holding upwards of 50.000 birds, controls indoor climate based on a handful of fixed location sensors, often well above the bird occupied zone. Significant deviations within a shed from the optimal climate conditions for the birds are common, but installing a higher density grid of fixed sensors is not cost effective. A robotic platform, moving through the flock of birds, collecting detailed spacial information on a wide range of climate parameters at bird level, will enable accurate decisions to optimise the climate in large sheds being made in real time. 2. A preliminary study investigated the feasibility of running a mobile robotic platform among a flock of broiler chickens for an entire 6-week cycle. Bird behaviour in response to the robot was also studied.

Actions (Repository Editors)

View Item View Item