Smart mini-backpacks for chickens can monitor their welfare on farms

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2186384-smart-mini-backpacks-for-chickens-can-monitor-their-welfare-on-farms/

A chicken crosses the road

Why did the chicken cross the road? To record a few extra steps

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Tiny electronic backpacks for chickens can automatically analyse their behaviour, which could reveal when something is wrong.

The backpacks are attached to the birds’ backs using straps and are filled with accelerometers that record their movements. An algorithm uses data from the sensors to identify when and for how long the chickens perform different behaviours. The team behind the idea call the devices “Fitbits for chickens”.

Monitoring different behaviours using the backpacks could help reveal whether farm birds are being disturbed by …