Humanoid Robots as Poultry Partners: Enhancing Welfare Through Collaboration on the Farm


  • Dr. A. Shaji George Independent Researcher, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



Agricultural robots, Animal welfare, Physiological monitoring, Precision livestock farming, Mortality management, Biosecurity, Broiler chickens, Human-robot collaboration, Automation, Poultry productivity


As the global poultry industry continues expanding to meet rising demand, producers face increasing pressure to improve efficiency and welfare standards across intensive indoor farming systems. However, relentless repetitive manual labor often limits adequate optimization on both fronts simultaneously. Integrating dexterous humanoid robots promises solutions through collaborative automation of taxing husbandry duties, allowing human staff to focus efforts on oversight and holistic care. Purpose-designed with situationally adaptive accessories and advanced perception for navigating active barn environments, prototypes showcase encouraging progress automating essential tasks like monitoring equipment function, detecting mortality events, transferring chickens, and maintaining housing hygiene across initial small-scale trials. Crucially, continual real-time data gathering through multi-modal sensors during autonomous regimens generates comprehensive performance insights superior to intermittent human observations alone. By tracking quantitative health indicators, behavioral trends and environmental metrics in parallel across individual subjects and grouped flocks, emerging analytics pipelines convert endless raw sensor streams into conveniently visualized diagnostics and alerts that amplify farmer decisionmaking. This uplifted situational awareness fuels early interventions and predictive modeling unparalleled just years prior. Finding optimal balance between automation efficiency and human judgment holds the key for welfare-centric precision livestock farming. While the physical operation alone of repetitive duties by tireless robots promises relief from mounting labor shortages, the richer benefits emerge from augmented knowledge granting caretakers overview superpowers combined with surgically precise adaptations at the barn zone level. Detailed records over months uncover previously obscured influences around factors like light spectrums and genetics on optimal development. Robots thus elevate not replace human expertise. Ongoing improvements to dexterity, cognition and movement will enable robots to handle unpredictable events in complex real-world environments. Further research should examine the ideal equilibrium between assistance autonomy and human oversight across diverse systems and stages. Overall, purposeful collaboration promises profound productivity and ethical transformations on poultry farms through harmonious hybrid intelligence at scales demanding technology amplification more than just acceleration alone.




How to Cite

Dr. A. Shaji George. (2024). Humanoid Robots as Poultry Partners: Enhancing Welfare Through Collaboration on the Farm. Partners Universal International Research Journal, 3(1), 183–199.