Articles | Volume 66, issue 4
Original study
14 Nov 2023
Original study |  | 14 Nov 2023

Intermittent light program impacts on reproductive performance, health and welfare of breeding hens

Mohamed F. A. Farghly, Rashed A. Alhotan, Khalid M. Mahrose, Youssef A. Attia, Mostafa Abdelfattah, Mohammed Abougabal, Mossad Taboosha, Mohammed Ghonime, Mahmoud Shaaban, Caterina Losacco, and Vincenzo Tufarelli

Related authors

Integrating dietary supplementation with poppy (Papaver somniferum L.) seed meal: effects on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and faecal microbiota in broilers
Riaz Khan, Muhammad Tahir, Shabana Naz, Ibrahim A. Alhidary, Shamsuddin Shamsi, Sifa Dai, Rifat Ullah Khan, and Vincenzo Tufarelli
Arch. Anim. Breed., 67, 73–80,,, 2024
Short summary
Effect of water quality on causes of calf mortality in cattle-farm-associated epidemics
Mohammed A. Kamal, Mahmoud A. Khalf, Zakia A. M. Ahmed, Jakeen A. Eljakee, Rashed A. Alhotan, Mohammed A. A. Al-Badwi, Elsayed O. Hussein, Branislav Galik, and Ahmed A. Saleh
Arch. Anim. Breed., 67, 25–35,,, 2024
Short summary
Growth performance, blood lipids, and fat digestibility of broilers fed diets supplemented with bile acid and xylanase
Mohammed H. Alzawqari, Mustafa Shukry Atta, Abdallah Metwally, Shaimaa Selim, Mohammad A. M. Wadaan, In Ho Kim, Sungbo Cho, Hossam M. Eltahan, Mahmoud Alagawany, Rashed A. Alhotan, Ali R. Al Sulaiman, Elsayed Osman Hussein, and Ahmed A. Saleh
Arch. Anim. Breed., 66, 451–460,,, 2023
Short summary
Effect of a low-energy and enzyme-supplemented diet on broiler chicken growth, carcass traits and meat quality
Elsayed O. S. Hussein, Gamaleldin M. Suliman, Alaeldein M. Abudabos, Abdullah N. Alowaimer, Shamseldein H. Ahmed, Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack, Mahmoud Alagawany, Ayman A. Swelum, Antonella Tinelli, Vincenzo Tufarelli, and Vito Laudadio
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 297–304,,, 2019
Short summary
Determination of a possible relationship between a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the promoter region of the SIRT1 gene and production and reproduction traits in the Agerolese cattle breed
Maria Selvaggi, Claudia Carbonara, Francesca Ciotola, Sara Albarella, Giulio Aiudi, Vincenzo Tufarelli, and Cataldo Dario
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 107–112,,, 2019
Short summary

Related subject area

Genetic diversity and population structure of Anatolian Hair goats, an ancient breed
Aylin Demiray, Zühal Gündüz, Nezih Ata, Onur Yılmaz, İbrahim Cemal, Aynur Konyalı, Zeynep Semen, Arif Altuntaş, Ali Atik, Ahmet Akçay, Hüseyin Baş, and Hasan Hüseyin Şenyüz
Arch. Anim. Breed., 67, 13–23,,, 2024
Short summary
The effect of nanosilver-based preparation on microbiological quality of poultry litter
Katarzyna Czyż, Zbigniew Dobrzański, Monika Kowalska-Góralska, Magdalena Senze, and Anna Wyrostek
Arch. Anim. Breed., 66, 421–431,,, 2023
Short summary
The effect of two mineral–vitamin premixes on the blood biochemical parameters, milk yield and composition of Holstein–Friesian cows in Kazakhstan
Gulzhan K. Mussayeva, Gulshat I. Shaykamal, Indira N. Aitzhanova, Aigerim Kazhiyakbarova, Jan Miciński, Alicja Sobczak, Nurgul A. Meldebekova, Gulnaz Ilgekbayeva, and Nurkuisa M. Rametov
Arch. Anim. Breed., 66, 391–399,,, 2023
Short summary
Influence of horse demographics, country of training and race distance on the rating of Thoroughbreds
Eva Sobotková, Tomáš Kopec, Vladimír Mikule, and Dana Kuřitková
Arch. Anim. Breed., 66, 299–313,,, 2023
Short summary
Inbreeding in the Zwartbles breed population and its influence on meat production in the Czech Republic
Radek Filipčík, Daniel Falta, Dominika Sokolová, Martin Hošek, Vojtěch Pešan, and Tomáš Kopec
Arch. Anim. Breed., 66, 245–252,,, 2023
Short summary

Cited articles

Abo Ghanima, M. M. A., Abd El-Hack, M. E., Abougabal, M. S., Taha, A. E., Tufarelli, V., Laudadio, V., and Naiel, M. A.: Growth, carcass traits, immunity and oxidative status of broilers exposed to continuous or intermittent lighting programs, Anim. Biosci., 34, 1243,, 2021. 
Alaqil, A. A., Abd El-Atty, H. K., and Abbas, A. O.: Intermittent lighting program relieves the deleterious effect of heat stress on growth, stress biomarkers, physiological status, and immune response of broiler chickens, Animals, 12, 1834,, 2022. 
Bacon, W. L., Long, D. W., Kurima, K., and Chapman, D. P.: Coordinate pattern of secretion of luteinizing hormone and testosterone in mature male turkeys under continuous and intermittent photoschedules, Poult. Sci., 73, 864–870,, 1994. 
Bacon, W. L., Kurginski-Noonan, B. A., and Yang, J.: Effects of environmental lighting on early semen production and correlated hormonal responses in turkeys, Poult. Sci., 79, 1669–1678,, 2000. 
Bahloul, F., Hashem, Y., and Abboud, M.: Effect of intermittent lighting system on some of the productive performance of laying hen, Int. J. Poult. Sci., 13, 416–420,, 2014. 
Short summary
Based on follicle number and testosterone concentration results, light flashes scheduled as biomittent light may be an economical alternative to continuous light for managing Rhode Island Red hens without harmfully influencing their physiological response, healthy traits, behavior and welfare. So, a light flash schedule of a 20 min : 40 min light period during 20–36 weeks of age is suggested for further experiments to confirm the economic and production benefits for the farming of breeding hens.