Beak Surface Temperature Measure Stress/Overall Welfare in Poultry


Infra-Red Thermography (IRT) allows determination of skin temperature. The approach is employed in airports (passport control) in some countries so that people with fevers are not admitted. There have been no reports of the use of IRT in poultry measuring beak temperature.  IRT demonstrated a consistent decrease in the surface temperature of an area close to the beak (anterior to nostril) in response to stress (and decreases in either welfare status or overall health) in broiler chickens.  This invention is a novel approach to assess poultry welfare/stress. It will be an important tool for integrators, growers and auditors in assessing the welfare/stress  in poultry



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Animal Agriculture
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Bryan Renk
Associate Director for Technology Commercialization
University of Arkansas TCO
Colin Scanes
Yvonne Vizzier-Thaxton
Shawna Weimer
Karen Christiansen
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