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https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-66-315-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-66-315-2023
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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

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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.