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Light-based monitoring devices to assess range use by laying hens

Buijis, S; Nicol, C J; Booth, F; Richards, G; Tarlton, J F


S Buijis

C J Nicol

F Booth

G Richards

J F Tarlton


Access to an outdoor range has many potential benefits for laying hens but range use can be poor due to factors only partly understood. Techniques to monitor individual range use within commercial flocks are crucial to increase our understanding of these factors. Direct observation of individual range use is difficult and time-consuming, and automatic monitoring currently relies on equipment that is difficult to use in an on-farm setting without itself influencing range use. We evaluated the performance of a novel small, light and readily portable light-based monitoring system by validating its output against direct observations.


Buijis, S., Nicol, C. J., Booth, F., Richards, G., & Tarlton, J. F. (2019). Light-based monitoring devices to assess range use by laying hens. animal, 14(4), 814-823.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 5, 2019
Publication Date Nov 19, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 17, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 11, 2020
Journal Animal
Print ISSN 1751-7311
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 4
Pages 814-823
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