Chicken clucking and squawking give clues to well-being
Chickens can talk – you just have to know their language! A team of researchers at Georgia Tech and University of Georgia are developing a sort of Rosetta Stone for chicken-speak. Working with Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, they’re turning recordings of chicken vocalizations – clucks and squawks – into parameters that can be evaluated for health and well-being. By simply listening to the chickens (with high tech electronic listening devices!), flock managers will be able to tell if the animals’ conditions are comfortable. So, instead of relying only on environmental sensors of conditions, they chickens themselves will say how they’re feeling. Now how cool is that?!!