The fact that chickens have much better eyesight than humans has been known for years. Yet when it comes to providing and developing lights for poultry farming, many companies do not take this in account enough.
We would like to take you on a journey that will make you understand the way chickens see the world. To start understanding this, you need to know about their natural environment. Chickens have their roots in South East Asia, living under trees and bushes. To see and to live they had to rely on an existing light source. The most important one for all life on earth, the sun.
It emits lots of light and our atmosphere lets parts of that light through.
Next in line, trees and bushes also absorb light and let some beams reach the soil where chickens live in the cooler shade.
Their vision had to evolve to make sure they spotted food and dangerous predators so they could act fast, day and night.
Chickens have much better eyesight than humans.
They can see ultraviolet and infrared.
And while humans see around < 30 frames per second, chickens can process > 200.
This means they can see a regular bulb at 50Hz go off and on a few times a second.
While we see it as a continuous light.
Chickens are one of the best protein converters in the world but light plays a vital role in this process.
To optimize the breeding of chickens indoor, we are developing lights that simulate natural sunlight throughout time. Not just a mix from infrared to ultraviolet but a perfect mix over time. Just like sunlight that changes during the whole day.
We are still researching different mixtures and different bulbs but we are focussing on
- faster growth and healthier chickens
- less fight by reducing stress
- and more good quality eggs
- in the right place to collect them.