My background is in applied ethology and I have an MRes in Animal Behaviour and a PhD in laboratory primate welfare, both from Newcastle University. My current research involves using a combination of behavioural testing and wearable sensors with statistical and agent-based modelling to investigate piling and smothering behaviour in laying hens.
Currently, I am working on assessing the welfare and production impacts of piling events. We recently piloted thermometers mounted in “chicken backpacks” and we hope to use these on a commercial scale to monitor the temperature in the centre of a pile of birds. This will help us to determine if heat stress is a potential sub-lethal welfare concern of piling.
Email me : helen.gray at newcastle.ac.uk
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