08/18/2020

Light Deprivation for Broiler and Pullet Production

Get the Light Right


Light deprivation in a broiler or pullet house is a strategy producers use to mature their birds faster than the rate the birds would mature without light deprivation. Light can be an important management tool in a broiler or pullet house, and if used successfully it can influence aspects of growth, productivity, and even behavior.

 

Light Deprivation Benefits


Because light deprivation is such an important tool, there have been countess recent studies conducted. Those studies showed that the benefits of light deprivation for broilers include decreased aggressive behaviors, larger meat yield, and increased feed efficiency. Meaning improved profits and less stress for you and your crew.

 

Improved Feed Conversions


Studies have repeatedly shown that having birds on proper lighting programs incorporating light deprivation fans will lead to a high yield in feed and water intake, which in return will give better feed conversions and higher profits.

 

Increased Egg Production


The benefits don’t stop there. Commercial Layer operations are also seeing higher egg productions utilizing light deprivation fans. Manipulating sleep patterns can lead to higher ovulation production.

 

Ideal Light Levels


Ideal light levels in a broiler or pullet production are about 10-20 lux, or 1-2 foot-candles. For comparison, the typical light level on the surface of an office desk is often 400-500 lux, or 40-50 foot-candles, while a sunny day in the summer is about 80,000 lux, or 8,000 foot-candles. Because the ideal light level for a broiler or pullet production is relatively low, light deprivation is a tool that can make a huge impact.

 

Using Light Deprivation in Your Production


So how can you utilize light deprivation in your broiler or pullet house? There are a variety of different light programs available for poultry operations. Many lighting programs utilize more hours of darkness than the natural darkness during the day. If you choose a similar program, it requires light traps on fans and air inlets.

 

To learn more about light deprivation for broiler and pullet productions, contact us today!