Recognition and Classification of Broiler Droppings Based on Deep Convolutional Neural Network

Jintao Wang, Mingxia Shen, Longshen Liu, Yi Xu, Cedric Okinda
2019 Journal of Sensors  
Digestive diseases are one of the common broiler diseases that significantly affect production and animal welfare in broiler breeding. Droppings examination and observation are the most precise techniques to detect the occurrence of digestive disease infections in birds. This study proposes an automated broiler digestive disease detector based on a deep Convolutional Neural Network model to classify fine-grained abnormal broiler droppings images as normal and abnormal (shape, color, water
more » ... color, water content, and shape&water). Droppings images were collected from 10,000 25-35-day-old Ross broiler birds reared in multilayer cages with automatic droppings conveyor belts. For comparative purposes, Faster R-CNN and YOLO-V3 deep Convolutional Neural Networks were developed. The performance of YOLO-V3 was improved by optimizing the anchor box. Faster R-CNN achieved 99.1% recall and 93.3% mean average precision, while YOLO-V3 achieved 88.7% recall and 84.3% mean average precision on the testing data set. The proposed detector can provide technical support for the detection of digestive diseases in broiler production by automatically and nonintrusively recognizing and classifying chicken droppings.
doi:10.1155/2019/3823515 fatcat:uf3nq4x6ubh2dbnrkjkn5bpcci