The Science of Turkey Lighting
At ONCE® we understand that modern poultry production has evolved into a science. With every chick placement growers face new obstacles ranging from regulations and production costs to the unexpected. We understand that it can be difficult to achieve optimal results on a regular basis and want to help you maintain consistent success.
The effect of lighting indoors
Using an inappropriate artificial light, or simply improperly measured light intensities, will result in the illuminance (footcandle, lux) being too high or too low. The consequences of inappropriate lighting may affect health, production and welfare of your flock due to the abnormal light-induced biological responses.
Poultry see light differently
The Typical Photopic Spectral Response Graphs below show how most humans, who have three visual cones, see green and yellow colors more intensely than they see blue and red. The Typical Fowl graph shows that chickens, who have four visual cones, are more sensitive to blue and red light. And what about the far left, smaller peak? It’s the UV spectrum. Chickens can see UV light, and humans cannot.
Blue and green spectrum
Combined green and blue light promotes myofiber growth due to more effective stimulation of testosterone secretion. There is industry wide consensus that monochromatic blue light has a calming effect on animals which is particularly useful during semen collection from male turkeys.
Other studies show exposure to blue light causes a decrease in blood pressure and positively effects blood glucose levels and triglyceride levels.
As the first company to pioneer animal lighting systems based on scientific research, we’ve developed innovative solutions that improve animal welfare. Our rigorous scientific process has allowed us to unlock the potential of light and ensure success.
An animals’ natural habitat was meant to be outside—more specifically, the red jungle fowl, an ancestor of the domestic chicken, originated in the rain forests of Southeast Asia. A place where photoperiods are not as drastic and light intensities and spectrum are different when compared to open land areas and many parts of the country. Pecking, nervousness, feed source recognition and hormonal responses may all be seen in chickens outside of their natural habitat, causing increased stress and decreased animal welfare.
Reduce Animal Stress
By providing a natural sunrise and sunset simulation, our lighting systems eliminate extreme changes in light, eliminating multiple stress inputs and lowering mortality rates, while improving immune response. This is supported by blood assays for short- and long-term stress indicators, as well as behavioral stress tests.
Healthy bird development enhances bird weight
Green light encourages growth and sexual development of poultry during the early stages of life by enhancing proliferation of skeletal muscle satellite cells, while blue light elevates plasma androgens allowing the bird to put on more muscle mass at later stages of development.
Combined green and blue light promotes myofiber growth due to more effective stimulation of testosterone secretion. Other studies show exposure to blue light causes a decrease in blood pressure and positively effects blood glucose levels and triglyceride levels.
The graphs below illustrate the distinct advantages of LED lighting for the domestic fowl in general (left) and the unique advantages of lighting with Dim-to-Blue® technology, which is particularly important for broilers and turkeys.
Experience a Return-On-Investment
Based on photobiology and backed up by scientific research, we have become an industry leader by focusing our efforts on finding solutions that show proven, measurable results. These results leverage three key aspects of lighting needed to experience success when raising broilers: spectrum, intensity and photoperiod.
The right light recipe
At ONCE®, we dedicate every extra penny into researching the science of light exclusively for the agricultural market. This allows us to recommend the right lighting program that is guaranteed to simultaneously achieve your goals.
The right lighting layout
ONCE® has a team of experts who know the best solutions specific to you and your animals. They make sure you get a lighting layout with the correct light levels and placement of the lights, for free! They can also help answer questions about light recipes and surge protectors as well. Contact someone on our team today to learn more about what the right light recipe can do for you.
A sustainable solution
LED lighting has become a favored choice because it delivers a sustainable and high energy savings solution when compared to traditional lighting sources such as incandescent or fluorescent lighting.
Durable and Lasting Product Design
ONCE® uses techniques and materials that withstand harsh barn environment for years to come. Our products are made with a Built For Your Barn® design, meaning they’re made to last when regullarly exposed to dirt and dust, high-pressure wash-downs and corrosive vapors, including ammonia.