George Herbert

Hi I’m George, I’m a PhD student studying behaviour informatics. Before this I studied an MRes in Animal Behaviour from Newcastle University, where I undertook a project investigating the motivation behind smothering, a problem behaviour in commercial chicken farms. After this I worked as a Research Technician, assisting in various projects aiming to improve poultry welfare.

Currently, I am working on a project that is attempting to use vocalisations as a measure of growth and specific welfare parameters in broiler hens. The goal of this project is to develop a smart-sensor that can detect changes in acoustic properties of the vocalisations produced, and use these data to inform producers whether or not the birds are meeting expected growth curves, or if they are facing unexpected stressors.

Figure: Four distress calls made by a chicken.

To chat email me on : g.herbert2 at newcastle.ac.uk