Creating a smart sensing chicken coop for use in rural Africa
In conjuction with Agsenze Ltd (UK), Inkukukaya (SA) and PCI Agri Services and Innovate (UK)
Poultry (broilers and laying hens) are a major source of both nutrition and income in rural parts of Eastern and Southern Africa. Indigenous birds are often reared in resource-poor settings by female growers who either a) directly consume produce or b) sell produce to urban markets with an appetite for traditional meat. However, most poultry farming is performed in very small scale (<50 birds) despite a clear market opportunity to exploit lucrative middle-class demands for protein. This 18-month project (SmartCoop) aims to support the scale-up of rural poultry production by combining two innovative technologies – low-cost, self-building chicken coops (retailed by Inkukakaya across Southern Africa) and bird vocalisation hardware and analytics (developed by UK SME AgsenZe). Together, this project will yield a new class of chicken coop equipped with decision support tools to enable female growers to reduce mortality rates, increase production and upskill through delivery of both agricultural and basic business/commercially-orientated courses (via partnership with PCI). We expect outputs of this project to impact individuals (increased protein availability and direct revenue), communities (through formation of a female-led co-operative) and nationally (increased tax revenue from sales and saving and expansion of formal market
What is SMARTCOOP
SMARTCOOP is a sensor placed inside the Inkukukaya cage that records the sounds and tells you when something needs to be remedied.
Different reasons for stress in chickens:
No Water – Click on this link to see the solution to the problem
No Food – Click on this link to see the solution to the problem
Too Cold – Click on this link to see the solution to the problem
Too Hot – Click on this link to see the solution to the problem
Humidity is too high – Click on this link to see the solution to the problem
Predators in or near the cage – Click on this link to see the solution to the problem
Chickens are sick/Diseases – Click on this link to see the solution to the problem
These are only the problems that are identified with the SMARTCOOP system. Click on the links below for the full training programme:
Business Case study – How to run a successful Poultry business.