Gnan, Renate; Hirt, Helen and Zeltner, Esther (2005) Einfluss von Licht im Brutschrank auf das Verhalten von Junghennen. [Effect of lighted incubation on the behaviour of laying hen pullets.] In: Heß, J. and Rahmann, G. (Eds.) Ende der Nische, Beiträge zur 8. Wissenschaftstagung Ökologischer Landbau, kassel university press GmbH, Kassel.
Imitated natural light conditions during the artificial incubation may influence pullets' behaviour in being adapted to the diurnal rhythm. To study these effects, eggs were set in a commercial incubator either in the dark control or under full spectrum light tubes (Philips TL95, 36 watt). To imitate the light changes by a clucking hen, the eggs were exposed to light for twelve hours a day with a light-intensity of 20 lux. After six hours there was a step-up in light intensity to 1000 lux for 20 minutes. After hatching, the chickens were reared in paired groups under BIO SUISSE organic standards. Each group, containing 1000 pullets, was observed at the age of 2, 4, 8 and 10 weeks in 5 trials. Several categories of behaviour, activity and the diurnal rhythm were observed. Weight, feather scoring and injuries at the age of 10 weeks were recorded.
There is no clear evidence that light exposure during the incubation period affects the diurnal rhythm and behaviour of young laying hens. It seems to be, that the rearing conditions and management are still more important.
|EPrint Type:||Conference paper, poster, etc.|
|Type of presentation:||Poster|
|Keywords:||Tierhaltung und Zucht, Geflügel, Brüterei livestock husbandry and breeding, poultry, commercial brooder Biogeflügelhaltung, Brutschrank|
|Subjects:|| Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry|
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
|Research affiliation:|| International Conferences > 2005: Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture|
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
|Deposited By:||Hirt, Helen|
|Deposited On:||05 Mar 2005|
|Last Modified:||15 Jul 2010 11:10|
|Refereed:||Peer-reviewed and accepted|
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