Effect of two different commercially available white light LED fixtures on broiler hatchability and chick quality. Academic Article uri icon


  • 1. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of two different spectra of white light on hatchability and chick quality of broiler chickens. 2. A total of 8424 Ross 708 broiler eggs were divided over three light exposure treatments during incubation: No light (DARK), a light emitting diode(LED) light with high levels of blue light (BLUE), or a LED light with high levels of red light (RED). Hatchability, embryo mortality and chick quality were assessed at hatch. 3. DARK had a higher percentage of chicks with unhealed navels (21.11.3%) and fewer overall chicks with no defects (77.01.2%) compared to both the BLUE (9.90.9% and 88.41.1%) and RED treatments (7.70.8% and 90.21.0%). 4. Both the BLUE (80.91.0%) and RED treatments (82.91.4%) had higher hatchability of fertile eggs than the DARK treatment (76.02.2%). 5. These results indicate that either of these LED fixtures could be used to improve hatchability and chick quality in broiler chickens. Utilising these types of lightings in commercial hatcheries will improve the efficiency via increased hatchability and quality of the chicks hatched.

published proceedings

  • Br Poult Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Archer, G. S.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Archer, GS

publication date

  • January 2018