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Effect of Monochromic Light-emitting Diode Light with Different Color on the Growth and Reproductive Performances of Breeder Geese

  • Chang, S.C. (Department of Animal Science, National Chung Hsing University) ;
  • Lin, M.J. (Department of Animal Science, National Chung Hsing University) ;
  • Zhuang, Z.X. (Department of Animal Science, National Chung Hsing University) ;
  • Huang, S.Y. (Department of Animal Science, National Chung Hsing University) ;
  • Lin, T.Y. (Changhua Animal Propagation Station, Livestock Research Institute, Council of Agriculture) ;
  • Jea, Y.S. (Changhua Animal Propagation Station, Livestock Research Institute, Council of Agriculture) ;
  • Fan, Y.K. (Department of Animal Science, National Chung Hsing University) ;
  • Lee, T.T. (Department of Animal Science, National Chung Hsing University)
  • Received : 2015.07.22
  • Accepted : 2015.09.27
  • Published : 2016.06.01

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of monochromic light-emitting diode (LED) light with different color on the growth and reproductive performances of white Roman breeder geese. A randomized complete batch design was utilized for the trial, and the replicate was regarded as one batch. Twenty ganders and fifty-five dames were used in batch 1 (started on 2011/6/17 and ended on 2012/1/31), thirty ganders and eighty-four dames were used in batch 2 (started on 2012/3/23 and ended on 2012/10/26), and thirty ganders and seventy-two dames were used in batch 3 (started on 2013/3/12 and ended on 2013/12/20). Two hundred and ninety-one geese were randomly assigned to 6 rooms in an environmentally controlled house. They were randomly allotted into one of three monochromatic light treatments: Blue, red, or white. The results showed that there was no significant difference in body weight among the three lighting groups at any point throughout the experimental period. However, compared to the blue light group, significantly more eggs were produced by the red and white light groups (p<0.05). Furthermore, the laying period of the red light group was significantly longer than that of other two groups (p<0.05). In conclusion, our results suggested that red LED-light has the best effect on reproductive performance (i.e. longer laying period and higher total eggs number) at 30 lux light intensity, and is therefore a better choice for the management of breeding geese than blue or white LED-light.

Keywords

Monochromatic Light;Reproductive Performance;Breeder Geese

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