Light Traps for Breeder Pullet Houses

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Date: 
1998
Volume: 
10
Number: 
3

One of the most challenging types of poultry houses to ventilate is a black-out breeder pullet house. In order to obtain optimal breeder performance both light intensity and the number of light hours each day must be precisely controlled. The objective is to limit the birds to eight to ten hours of light each day until they are approximately 20 weeks old. At 20 weeks of age the number of “daylight” hours is increased to about 15 hours. This lighting scheme is used to insure that the breeders reach sexual maturity at the proper time and to help stimulate the onset of egg production.