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Technical note: Assessment of the better location of gnawing sticks in growing rabbit cages

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dc.contributor.author Marín, Clara es_ES
dc.contributor.author Simarro-Catalá, Laura es_ES
dc.contributor.author Villagrá, Arantxa es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-03T12:41:39Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-03T12:41:39Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-28
dc.identifier.issn 1257-5011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/114688
dc.description.abstract [EN] The present work tries to determine the best location of wooden sticks for environmental enrichment, considering usage and level of contamination as variables. A total of 540 rabbits at 4 wk of age were caged in 60 groups of nine animals in conventional rabbit cages, and the effect of the allocation of wooden sticks was studied by fixing them on the floor in 30 cages and on the cage ceiling in the other 30 cages. The sticks were sampled during the fattening period (5 wk) to evaluate the contamination of the sticks, with detection of the most common faecal indicator bacteria in rabbit production (E. coli and Clostridium spp.). Likewise, quantitative enumeration analyses for E. coli were performed at the same sampling times for detection of both bacteria. Sticks used for environmental enrichment of the cage in this experiment were made of fir (Picea abies). According to the results, placing the wooden stick on the ceiling instead of the floor reduces stick consumption (6.28±1.75 vs. 13.55±1.75% of stick consumed). Moreover, microbiological analyses revealed that wooden sticks placed on the ceiling were less contaminated than those placed on the floor (2.8 and 22.8% for E. coli, respectively and 1.1 and 10.6% for Clostridium spp., respectively). In conclusion, fixing the sticks on the ceiling of the cage was revealed as a safer choice during most weeks of the growing period. es_ES
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Universitat Politècnica de València
dc.relation.ispartof World Rabbit Science
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Animal welfare es_ES
dc.subject Rabbits es_ES
dc.subject Environmental enrichment es_ES
dc.subject Bacterial contamination es_ES
dc.subject Environmental stimulus location es_ES
dc.title Technical note: Assessment of the better location of gnawing sticks in growing rabbit cages es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.date.updated 2019-01-03T11:42:01Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.4995/wrs.2018.7547
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Marín, C.; Simarro-Catalá, L.; Villagrá, A. (2018). Technical note: Assessment of the better location of gnawing sticks in growing rabbit cages. World Rabbit Science. 26(3):249-254. doi:10.4995/wrs.2018.7547 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod SWORD es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2018.7547 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 249 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 254 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 26
dc.description.issue 3
dc.identifier.eissn 1989-8886


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