AviLighting Program

SUGGESTED BROODING LIGHTING REGIME

Equipment Employed:

  • AviLighting™ Feeder Light (over feed auger lines)
  • AviLighting™ Water Light (underneath water lines, 4’ apart)
  • Feed trays or strips of paper (used underneath east AviLighting™ Water Lights)                                                                
Day of age 1, 2, 9  Ceiling House Lights 10  AviLighting™ Feeder Light 3,4  AviLighting™ Water Light 3 Light Intensity (bird head height) 8
Placement-2 days (initial 48-hr) OFF OFF ON (24-hr) >15 fc (Waterer)
3-4 days (49-hr to 4-days) OFF ON(4hr alternating5) ON(4hr alternating5) >15 fc (Feeder)>15 fc (Waterer)
5-7 days OFF ON (24-hr) OFF 4-5 fc (Waterer)
8-14 days OFF ON (24-hr) OFF >3 fc (Waterer)
15-21 days OFF ON (24-hr) OFF >2 fc (Waterer)
22 days to 7-days prior to market (BLUE lights may be substituted for DARK periods).6 OFF ON (15-20 of 24 hours daily).7 OFF >0.10 fc Waterer (acceptable range = 0.10 to 1 fc)
7-days prior to harvest.6 ON (if available) ON (24-hr) ON (24-hr) 4-5 fc (Waterer)

1Lighting regime should be changed in early am (prior to 9 am) to avoid daily 24-hr diurnal disruption.

2 Where possible within the controller restraints, light intensity should be changed over a 6-hr period.

3 Feeder and Water Lights should be placed outside of direct infrared heat transmission.

4 The 2nd feeder line lights will be turned on, with same light intensity requirements, after birds are moved from brooding to growout areas (or are roaming to a point, that other feeder lights are essential, for the birds to find the feeders and watering areas).

5 AviLighting Feeder Lights and Water Lights should alternate 4-hr each 24-hr daily for two days.

6 BLUE lights may be substituted for DARK periods.

7 COMPLETE DARKNESS or COMPLETE BLUE lights may be shown 4-9 hours daily, schedule to be set by the Poultry Integrator Technical Team.

8 Lighting dimming schedule suggestion is to dim over at minimum a 6-hr period.

9 BOTH feed (both underneath waters in trays or on paper and in normal pan auger feeding system) and water will be offered.

10 Ceiling lights are suggested to be employed (only as an option) 7-days prior to harvest, which might only increase feed consumption and additional movement toward feeders and waterers.

 

AviLighting Water Lights

Previous research trials have taught us that only 5% of birds are drinking during the first 24 hours.  This number truly surprised us and caused us to develop a product in order to remedy the issue.  Dr. James McNaughton developed a lighting program to explain how to use AviLighting Feeder Lights in conjunction with AviLighting Water Lights to achieve greater live performance (link below).  Stay tuned for our latest video summarizing the findings of our Water Light trial that is currently underway.  This video will be up before the end of the week (2/27/15).

AviLighting Program

Whole House Brooding Test

If you’ve already seen our Bird Attraction Study post & corresponding video, you’re probably familiar with the idea of employing one line of lights in your house to brood chicks without curtains or walls. As a follow up to this previous video, we’ve compiled snapshots from each day at the research farm over the past two weeks. Watch the video below and note the tight distribution around feed, water & light. Birds appear to remain in this critical area, even when given the chance to roam into a dark region in the center of the house. Also notable is the distinct line of light that stops just beyond the water line. This line doesn’t appear by chance, it is the culmination of many versions of feeder-light prototypes, and many hours of engineering. Ultimately, the presence of this distinct line is what makes AviLighting feeder-lights so successful at attracting birds & retaining them in feed/water areas.
 

Bird Attraction Study

Over the past week, we have documented the activity of 800 birds in our research facility to determine their attraction to the AviLighting feeder light. The results were similar to what we’ve been seeing since day one, with one new discovery; birds that are pushed out into darkness manually (running away from a human) will move right back into the feed/water area to return to the light. This indicates that birds are attracted to the light, and furthermore, allows us to get creative with brooding schematics…I.E. we can now test a whole house brood, with no curtains/walls and lights on one side of the house only. This may sound strange, but video evidence shows that birds won’t venture out into the darkness and get lost when food and water readily available in the light.

Check out some footage that James McNaughton captured on his phone while in the research facility: