Use of infrared thermography to assess laying-hen feather coverage.

@article{Zhao2013UseOI,
  title={Use of infrared thermography to assess laying-hen feather coverage.},
  author={Yang Zhao and Hongwei Xin and Biqin Dong},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={2013},
  volume={92 2},
  pages={295-302}
}
Infrared thermography (IRT) was compared with the traditional 4-scale feather scoring (FS, with 1 representing the worst feather coverage and 4 the best) method for assessing feather coverage of laying hens. The feather coverage of 6 body parts (head, dorsal neck, front neck and crop, back, breast, and belly), body surface temperature distribution, and relative change in sensible heat loss of 60 laying hens (Lohmann SL white breed) at 28, 56, or 73 wk of age (20 hens per age group) were… CONTINUE READING