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Changes in light intensity during the rearing period can influence egg production in domestic fowl

Leeson, S. and Lewis, P. D. (2004) Changes in light intensity during the rearing period can influence egg production in domestic fowl. British Poultry Science, 45 (3). pp. 316-319. ISSN 0007-1668

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/00071660410001730806

Abstract/Summary

1. A total of 240 Shaver White and 240 ISA Brown pullets that had been reared in multi-bird cages on a 10-h photoperiod, and maintained at a light intensity of 3 or 25 lux, or changed from 3 to 25 lux or from 25 to 3 lux at 9 or 16 weeks of age, were moved into individual-bird cages at 20 weeks and transferred to 15-h photoperiods at 25 lux. 2. In both breeds, birds transferred from 3 to 25 lux at 16 or 20 weeks laid significantly more eggs than birds maintained on the brighter intensity from one day or increased to it at 9 weeks. 3. Mean egg weight, shell deformation, albumen height, feed intake and body weight gain in lay were not significantly affected by the light intensity treatments during the rearing period. There was, however, a small, but significant, negative correlation of egg numbers with mean egg weight, although this only partially explained the difference in egg numbers. The differences in egg production were unrelated to rate of sexual maturation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8821
Uncontrolled Keywords:PERFORMANCE, PULLETS, AGE

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