In an attempt to better understand pullet behavior when AviLighting™ is employed, we ran a series of lighting tests. The following video illustrates the results that we captured.
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.
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:
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On Friday October 31, 2014 the AviLighting team attended the Poultry Field Day at Maple Breeze Farm. Around 300 poultry enthusiasts gathered to learn more about growing technologies in the Agriculture industry; this event was a great success. It was very encouraging to see so many growers interested in employing new technologies to make their farm more efficient. If you missed the event, please check out the link-to-photos below and plan to attend next year!
In Cooperation with Delaware Cooperative Extension (UD and DSU) and Maryland Cooperative Extension (UMD) Approximately 300 Delmarva poultry growers attended a variety of workshops – LED lighting and energy savings, vegetative environmental buffers, how to conduct energy audits, innovations in house cleanout, litter management, nutrient management best practices, ventilation, ammonia reduction, and much more. Participants had the opportunity to meet with vendors and talk to Extension experts. FFA students also attended
In preparation for a presentation at the The International Poultry Scientific Forum, AHPharma has been conducting trials and gathering data on the AviLighting System. One such experiment is currently underway in a commercial chicken-house. This trial will give us hard numbers to show the real-life energy savings of the AviLighting system, as well as the effect that concentrated light has on a bird’s ability to reach genetic potential.