Measing Light Intensity in Poultry Houses

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Date: 
2003
Volume: 
15
Number: 
9
Tip Category: 
Lighting

Light intensity during a grow-out can have a significant effect on broiler performance. It is generally recommended that a house be kept fairly bright during the first three to five days of brooding so that the young chicks are stimulated to find feed and water quickly. As the birds get older light intensities are typically lowered to reduce bird activity, thus improving feed conversions. The question many producers have is how bright is bright and how dark is dark?