Chickens will wear special behavior sensors, they will analyze the activity of the pet and decide if there are ticks or other parasites on it. Information about the new development appeared in Scientific Reports.
To help farmers find ticks on poultry, a team of entomologists, programmers, and biologists from the University of California have created a new insect detection system.
In recent years, the space reserved for livestock has been expanded in favor of animal comfort. As a result, there are a large number of farms through which the bird can safely walk. This freedom improves the quality of life of chickens, chickens, although at this time they are susceptible to infection by insects. Of particular concern to scientists is the tick of northern birds, which feeds on chicken blood and lives in the feathers of an animal. Chickens can also get ticks: parasites damage their skin.
To develop their detection system, the entomologist team Amy Murillo first identified three key types of poultry activity: eating, washing, and “bathing” in the dust. The team suggested that infected chickens will clean and bathe in the dust more often than others to clear feathers of parasites.
The team placed motion sensors on the birds. The next task: to convert data from these sensors into algorithms that would talk about patterns in the behavior of sick and healthy hens. As a result, the poultry tested were indeed more likely to brush and bathe in dust to get rid of ticks.
After the hens were cured of the artificial infection of ticks, the algorithm recognized the behavior as the behavior of a healthy bird.