Rearing laying hens
During rearing of laying hens, it is important to have the best possible equipment so that good-quality laying hens can be delivered to the layer producer. House lighting is an important aspect of this equipment. House lighting is used to optimise the use of the equipment in the house. Optimal use of the equipment provided results in optimal body weight and prevents undesirable behaviour being caused by stress situations. These can cause problems during laying.
The best use of the equipment can be achieved by using a specific light spectrum for the right light distribution and a good light program to enhance the environment of laying hens during rearing.
Enriched cages– colony housing
The equipment in traditional cages, enriched cages and colony housing can be divided into activity and resting areas. These need to be provided with the right light stimulus.
House lighting in enriched cages, traditional cages or colony housing must fulfil certain requirements. The house lighting must provide the right light intensity at the right places and thereby achieve the correct light distribution.
In enriched cages, traditional cages or colony housing, correct light intensity means that a different light intensity is used in the activity areas than in the resting areas. Generally, the activity areas consist of the feeding trough and, sometimes, a free-roaming area. Application of the correct light intensity, in combination with the right light spectrum, provides an optimal stimulus here and results in a good feed intake, a lower feed conversion rate and natural behaviour.
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The housing equipment for layer breeders should be similar to the equipment installed in the future house. Light spectrum and light distribution need to be the same to make transition and adaptation easier for the birds.
During rearing, layer breeders that are housed in an aviary system should properly stimulated to achieve good performance. Here, light spectrum, light distribution, light intensity and duration of the lighting period are essential aspects of lighting. Because the aviary provides the layer with a diversified environment, it is important to use an optimal spectrum to aid the bird’s vision. A bird that can easily find its way around, adapts better to its environment.
To prepare the rearing layer breeders best for the production period, it is important to equip the house in the same way as during the production period. It is important to use lighting with the same light spectrum and light distribution as in the production period. Transition and adaptation run smoothly when these conditions are identical.