Keeping an eye on your chickens is a good way of monitoring their wellbeing, as you can tell a lot from their visual appearance. The distribution of chickens in the house can for instance indicate if the temperature in the house is too high or too low, and whether the litter is wet in some areas. With SKOV camera monitoring in your poultry houses, you will get a grand overview of your production from above and monitor your chickens without disturbing them.
Many of our poultry customers uses SKOV camera monitoring as a regular part of their daily operation. One of them is Michael Vestergaard Jensen, a broiler manager on Frijsenborg Broilers in Hammel, Denmark. He is responsible for 6 farms with 20 houses, with a total capacity of 800,000 bird places. The annual production is 7,000,000 broilers which requires 8.7 rotations per year. Besides Michael, 6 people are employed to manage the daily work on all the farms.
All houses are equipped with SKOV ventilation systems and FarmOnline management system. FarmOnline gives Michael and his team a detailed overview of all houses in real-time. There are SKOV cameras in all poultry houses, and the connection with FarmOnline makes it a natural part of the daily monitoring.
“The main purpose is to ensure the wellbeing of the broilers. The cameras give me a fast overview of the whole house. We have installed them in the ridge which gives a much better overview than what you see when you stand on the floor.” says Michael Vestergaard Jensen.
Picture from the ground – It can be difficult to get an overview of the production when standing on the ground. You cannot see the distribution of the chicks on the floor and you cause disturbance when entering the house.
Picture from the camera in the ceiling – It’s easy to see the distribution of chicks and detect if there are any irregularities in production.
The connection with FarmOnline, makes it easy to monitor the poultry product on the go, which is a huge advantage for a busy farm manager like Michael:
“I can see all climate and production data on my office PC and on my phone. If intervention is needed I can change it no matter where I am, in the office, in my car, or at home.”
Small changes in the chickens’ behavior can indicate that production is not running optimal. The sooner the non-optimal conditions are discovered, the sooner they can be fixed. According to Michael, being able to take immediate action is one of the things he enjoys most about the camera monitoring:
“When I see good activity, broilers eating and drinking, and a perfect distribution, I know that the broilers are happy. If there are some problems, like spots without birds, huddling or broilers moving away from areas in the house, I can react immediately, either by changing settings via Farm Online or call the manager of the farm. The cameras give me peace of mind! I can take a fast look while I have my breakfast and just before I go to bed at night.”