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.
|Publication Title||Applied Animal Behaviour Science|
|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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