Bird Vocalization: Potential Flock Assessment
Did you know that bird vocalizations can help you assess the conditions of your flock? According to an article in Poultry Times, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is exploring this as a possible way to determine conditions in growout facilities.
The research is being done to look for new early warning signs that will alert producers to potential health threats. This will enable them to respond quickly and will save considerable time, effort, and money. Dr. Wayne Daley is the project director and principal research engineer of this undertaking. He says that some of their early work with University of Georgia partners have shown them that there is a possible correlation between bird vocalization and stressors.
Temperature-related issues, respiratory illness, and other changes caused by changing environmental conditions are some of the stressors mentioned. The team has recently begun experiments at a commercial-size growout house. Here is a link to the full article.
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