Canadian Poultry Magazine

Artificial intelligence could spot baby chickens in distress

By Science   

News Welfare

Advance may one day help farmers better monitor the health and welfare of their flocks.

Chickens make more sounds than most of us realize. They cluck when content, squawk when frightened, and sing “buk, buk, ba-gawk” when laying an egg.

Their chicks vocalize too, and they can vary that simple sound to signal pleasure or distress.

Now, scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program that automatically identifies these SOS calls, an advance that could help farmers save thousands of fledgling lives—and millions of dollars in farm labour.


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