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Abstract | Post-hatch | Bone development

Effect of Light Schedule and Dimming in Early Life on Bone Development in the Broiler Chicken

Poster presentation at the IX European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, June 2013, by Carla van der Pol*†

Carla van der Pol*†, Christiaan Buitink†, Conny Maatjens*†, Inge van Roovert-Reijrink*, Henry van den Brand†, Roos Molenaar*

*HatchTech B.V., P.O. Box 256, 3900 AG Veenendaal, the Netherlands. †Adaptation Physiology Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 338, 6700 AH Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Leg problems may partly be prevented by providing a broiler chicken with optimal light schedules for bone development in early life. It can be speculated that continuous light and a sudden switch from light to darkness and vice versa lead to more stress and, therefore, decrease bone development than a prolonged dark period and dimming (a gradual transition, as in nature) in early life.

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