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Groups and individuals: Optical flow patterns of broiler chicken flocks are correlated with the behaviour of individual birds

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Group level measures of welfare flocks have been criticized on the grounds that they give only average measures and overlook the welfare of individual animals. However, we here show that the group-level optical flow patterns made by broiler flocks can be used to deliver information not just about the flock averages but also about the proportion of individuals in different movement categories. Mean optical flow provides information about the average movement of the whole flock while the varian...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.3390/ani11020568

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Somerville College
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Grant:
BB/N023803/1
Publisher:
MDPI
Journal:
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Volume:
11
Issue:
2
Article number:
568
Publication date:
2021-02-22
Acceptance date:
2021-02-19
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ISSN:
2076-2615
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1162322
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pubs:1162322
Deposit date:
2021-02-19

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