Dawkins, M. S. 2024. Active walking in broiler chickens: A flagship for good welfare, a goal for smart farming and a practical starting point for automated welfare recognition. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 10.

Automated assessment of broiler chicken welfare poses particular problems due to the large numbers of birds involved and the variety of different welfare measures that have been proposed. Active (sustained, defect-free) walking is both a universally agreed measure of bird health and a behavior that can be recognized by existing technology. This makes active walking an ideal starting point for automated assessment of chicken welfare at both individual and flock level.

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