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The robot has advanced communication and
navigation systems that are on a par with autonomous vehicles. It is mobile, intelligent, autonomous, self-recharging, can be operated 24/7, and
its unique scarifier turns and aerates all litter
types. It also continuously maps indoor temperature, humidity, CO2, noise and light levels.
A version for the decontamination of empty
poultry houses is also available, called the
Octopus Poultry Safe.
To watch the Octopus Scarifier
and Spoutnic in action, go to
The Octopus Scarifier can be equipped with
various modules, designed to decontaminate
buildings and deliver liquid medicines or vaccines. Its manufacturers note that the robot can
improve welfare and reduce mortality as turning
and ventilating litter helps to prevent the onset of
aspergillosis, podermatitis, and hock and breast
injuries, which may lead to death and downgrades at processing.
Regular aeration of litter also inhibits fermentation and reduces ammonia levels, and application of biocides directly into the turned litter can
reduce bacterial challenge, increasingly important as concerns surrounding over-use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance mount.
The Spoutnic, produced by Tibot Technologies,
is the brainchild of a husband and wife with a
breeding ﬂock, and was dreamed up after the latter
developed health problems and was no longer able
to walk the house to prevent birds laying on litter.
The Spoutnic can move randomly throughout
the hen house, forcing birds to move.
In addition to simply journeying through the
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