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The behaviour of commercial broilers in response to a mobile robot

Dennis, I. C.; Abeyesinghe, S. M.; Demmers, T. G. M.


I. C. Dennis

S. M. Abeyesinghe

T. G. M. Demmers


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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 5, 2020
Publication Date Apr 22, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2020
Journal British Poultry Science
Print ISSN 0007-1668
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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