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Investigations on the use of an elevated platform in group cages by growing rabbits

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dc.contributor.author Lang, Caroline es_ES
dc.contributor.author Hoy, Steffen es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-08T11:31:55Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.issn 1257-5011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/11153
dc.description.abstract [EN] The investigation was carried out with altogether 511 caged growing rabbits (ZIKA) in 4 rounds with a duration of 8 wk each. Animals were housed at 35 d in collective cages (n=16; 0.625 m2 /rabbit), half of them equipped with an elevated platform. Water and molassed-crude-fibre-blocks were fed ad libitum during the whole fattening period. Pellets were given additionally by a hopper during the last 2 wk. In 5-min-intervals the number of rabbits "staying on the platform", "staying under the platform" and "staying in front of the platform" - including the behavioural pattern "staying at the feeder" was infrared video-recorded and observed at 3 consecutive days (at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the fattening period). The behavioural patterns were continuously analysed for 72 h and summarised in hour-values (24 h a day, thrice per fattening period for each group). Rabbits showed a circadian rhythm in the use of the elevated platform. During the night, up to 70% of the rabbits stayed on the elevated platform, whereas during daytime (lighting period) at most 40% of the rabbits stayed under the platform. During the fattening period, the percentage of rabbits staying on the elevated platform was decreasing. The use of the elevated platform had no significant influence on health and performance of the rabbits (daily weight gain, mortality rate, morbidity rate and body lesion score). So, it can be concluded that the elevated platform could be an adequate environmental enrichment for growing rabbits in group cages. es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship We thank the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Germany for the financial support.
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher World Rabbit Science. ICTA. UPV es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof World Rabbit Science
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Growing rabbits es_ES
dc.subject Environmental enrichment es_ES
dc.subject Elevated platform es_ES
dc.subject Circadian rhythm es_ES
dc.title Investigations on the use of an elevated platform in group cages by growing rabbits es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.date.updated 2011-07-08T07:48:10Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.4995/wrs.2011.800
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Lang, C.; Hoy, S. (2011). Investigations on the use of an elevated platform in group cages by growing rabbits. World Rabbit Science. 19(2):95-101. doi:10.4995/wrs.2011.800 es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2011.800
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 95
dc.description.upvformatpfin 101
dc.description.volume 19
dc.description.issue 2
dc.identifier.eissn  1989-8886
dc.identifier.eissn 1989-8886 es_ES


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