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Domestic turkeys are not averse to compact fluorescent lighting

By C. M. Sherwin

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The preferences of 30 male BUT 8 turkeys for 10 lx incandescent or compact fluorescent lighting was determined on 6 occasions when the birds were between 8 and 18 weeks of age. The turkeys showed no indication of aversion to the fluorescent light, rather, they chose this significantly more frequently spending 58.9 compared with 23.4% of the total time available under fluorescent and incandescent light, respectively. This preference was stronger for birds reared under incandescent lighting. It is concluded that if turkeys perceive the flicker of compact fluorescent lights, they do not find this aversive and that, notwithstanding other welfare and production considerations, compact fluorescent light can be used in the rearing of turkeys.

Date 1999
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 64
Issue 1
Pages 47-55
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(99)00024-6
Language English
Author Address Division of Animal Health and Husbandry, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, Langford House, University of Bristol, Bristol BS40 5DU, UK.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Artificial light
  6. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  7. Birds
  8. Fluorescence
  9. Fluorescent light
  10. Illumination
  11. Meat animals
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Poultry
  14. turkeys
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