A UHF RFID System for Studying Individual Feeding and Nesting Behaviors of Group-Housed Laying Hens

dc.contributor.author Li, Lihua
dc.contributor.author Zhao, Yang
dc.contributor.author Xin, Hongwei
dc.contributor.author Oliveira, Jofran
dc.contributor.author Liu, Kai
dc.contributor.author Xin, Hongwei
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
dc.date 2018-05-09T03:17:49.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T22:43:48Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-29T22:43:48Z
dc.date.copyright Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2017
dc.date.issued 2017-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Enriched colony housing (ECH) is a relatively new egg production system. As such, information is lacking on design parameters to ensure the well-being of the hens and optimal utilization of housing resources. A new system has been developed at Iowa State University that enables automated monitoring and quantification of feeding and nesting behaviors of individual hens in ECH. Ultra-high-frequency radio frequency identification (UHF RFID) is employed to track individual animals. The UHF RFID system consists of four components: antennas, tags, readers, and a data acquisition system. The antennas for monitoring feeding behavior are placed inside the two feed troughs and covered with plastic boards. Each feed trough has six antennas aligned in series covering the length of the feeder. Four additional antennas are placed inside the nest boxes to monitor the nesting behaviors. All 16 antennas are connected to five 4-channel readers, two per feed trough and one for the nest boxes, that are further connected to the hosting computer via Ethernet. Feed and water consumption and egg production are continuously monitored using load cells. This article describes the development and testing of the RFID system for monitoring feeding and nesting behaviors and provides sample data. The system has proven to be able to characterize benchmark feeding and nesting behaviors of individual hens in ECH, such as daily time spent at the feeder and in the nest box, daily frequency of visiting the feeder and the nest box, number of hens feeding and nesting simultaneously, and variability in these behaviors among individual hens. Future applications of the system include assessing the impact of resource allocation and management practices on feeding and nesting behaviors and on the well-being of the hens. This information will provide a scientific basis for optimal design and management of alternative hen housing systems.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as Li, Lihua, Yang Zhao, Jofran Oliveira, Wilco Verhoijsen, Kai Liu, and Hongwei Xin. "A UHF RFID system for studying individual feeding and nesting behaviors of group-housed laying hens." <em>Transactions of the ASABE</em> 60, no. 4 (2017): 1337-1347. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/trans.12202" target="_blank">10.13031/trans.12202</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/1749
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.subject.disciplines Poultry or Avian Science
dc.subject.keywords Animal well-being
dc.subject.keywords Enriched colony housing
dc.subject.keywords Feeding behavior
dc.subject.keywords Nesting behavior
dc.subject.keywords UHF RFID
dc.title A UHF RFID System for Studying Individual Feeding and Nesting Behaviors of Group-Housed Laying Hens
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