In order for the living conditions in the bird shed to be comfortable, it is important to equip it correctly and, first of all, we are talking about lighting. The length of daylight hours affects the physiological processes in the body and, together with temperature, proper lighting plays an important role in growing. To understand whether ducklings need an additional light source at night, you need to focus on their age and the length of daylight hours.
Do ducklings need light at night
Many poultry farmers are concerned about whether ducklings and ducks need light at night. For the full growth and development of small ducklings, a light source is necessary in the dark, but for adult birds it is not necessary if year-round egg production is not needed. If the correct lighting regime is observed, the number of red blood cells in ducklings will increase, metabolism will improve and the growth process will accelerate.
So should the ducklings turn off the lights for the whole night or just for a few hours? Babies that have reached one week of age are raised with a day of light for 20 hours, after which the time gradually decreases to 16.
Note! The level of lighting intensity per 1 square meter of the shed area should not exceed 4 watts.
At night, some of the lighting devices are turned off, or their power is reduced to 2 watts per 1 square meter. In order to avoid the death of some individuals, the poultry farmer, who wonders if the ducklings need to leave the light in the barn at night, it is important to know that in the dark the babies are frightened and crowded - this leads to a lack of oxygen and suffocation. At the same time, too bright lighting devices can adversely affect the brood, since cannibalism can appear in weak chicks.
Basic light requirements
In order for newborn chicks to fully develop, and adult ducks to fly steadily, it is necessary to provide a sufficient amount of natural and artificial lighting in the poultry house.
Zarechny Maxim Valerievich
Agronomist with 12 years of experience. Our best summer cottage expert.
A natural source is a window opening. It is recommended to make the opening large and south-facing. It is advisable that the window opens in both directions - in this way the shed will be ventilated.
Artificial sources can be: LED lamps, as well as sodium, metal halide, fluorescent and incandescent lamps. Optimum lamp operating time is 15 hours.