Bird’s Eye View!
Chickens and turkeys absorb light through their eyes in ways humans don’t. In addition to retinal light perception, poultry can sense light through the pineal gland commonly called the “third eye” situated on the dorsal surface of the brain. The avian pineal gland is particularly involved in the control of circadian rhythms and sexual activity. A circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle in the biochemical, physiological and behavioral processes of all animals.
The Right Light
Lighting in agricultural is critical for production and health of livestock. For poultry, lighting has been a topic of research for years. And yet the needs for poultry lighting can differ greatly depending on the flock. Light requirements for broilers, layers, breeders in both chickens and turkey can greatly vary especially depending on their growth cycle and their production cycle. Lighting can alter the behaviour of the birds and even a small change can make a real difference.
You input the wrong light and you may notice changes in growth and development or even in eggs. In poultry (unlike most livestock facilities) we primarily source LED fixtures that provide 2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin in light temperature. Every project we can provide complete photometric mapping to ensure light consistency and minimize hot spots and shadows.
Because of the different light requirements for poultry throughout their grow cycle or production cycle we have been offering LED for poultry that are full controlled and operated wirelessly. Unlike other types of lights (such as fluorescent), by dimming the fixture we actually extend the life of the fixture. Of course with dimming we capitalize on energy savings also. Now poultry producers can simply program the barn to operate at time cycles and brightness cycles that optimize their production. With full control from even remote locations and full historical logging, thorough analysis and review of lighting can occur.