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dc.contributor.author Rommers, Jorine M. es_ES
dc.contributor.author Bracke, Marc B.M. es_ES
dc.contributor.author Reuvekamp, Berry es_ES
dc.contributor.author Gunnink, Henk es_ES
dc.contributor.author de Jong, Ingrid C. es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-27T11:55:19Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-27T11:55:19Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-22
dc.identifier.issn 1257-5011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/46443
dc.description.abstract [EN] The effect of different food related materials on the behaviour of commercial meat rabbit does was investigated to provide them enrichment. Five different treatments were tested. Control (pens without additional enrichment, C) was compared with pens containing a pinewood stick (Pine), straw in a plastic bin (Straw), a compressed wooden block (Ply) or a combination of straw and a pinewood stick (Straw+Pine). The experiment was conducted on a commercial rabbit farm using 80 cages with multiparous lactating hybrid (Hycole) rabbit does. Behavioural observations were conducted in the first 4 wk of 2 successive lactations of 6 wk each, twice a week from 15:00 to 18:30 h. Once every week the consumption of gnawing materials and soiling of the cages was scored. More does were significantly occupied with Straw and Ply than with Pine (24±20, 11±9 and 4±3% of does, respectively) for a longer duration (4±4, 2±2, 0.1±0.2% of observed time, respectively). In does of Straw+Pine group, the pinewood was barely touched and straw was preferred. It can be concluded that straw (loose material) and wooden block are used by the animals as enrichment material to gnaw or chew on. The materials remain attractive for the 2 lactations which were measured. The pinewood stick as provided in this study was rarely used and it may be questioned whether it is sufficient as enrichment material or if it should be provided in another way than hanging on the roof of the cage. This study provides a first step towards a positive list of enrichment materials that can be used in commercial rabbit farming in The Netherlands. es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in the context of policy supporting research, project number BO-12.02-002 027 and a grant from the Product Board for Poultry and Eggs (PPE). Mr Melcher from Stemwede (D) kindly provided the pressed wooden blocks. We thank Messrs’ Wilms and Lavrijsen for their help during the experiment. We thank Mr and Mrs Slegh for their efforts and cooperation, so this experiment could be performed successfully on their farm. We thank Sander Lourens for his assistance in carrying out the behavioural observations.
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València
dc.relation Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovations (B0-12.02-002 027) and Product Board for Poultry and Eggs. es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof World Rabbit Science
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Animal welfare es_ES
dc.subject Rabbit es_ES
dc.subject Enrichment materials es_ES
dc.subject Behavior es_ES
dc.title Cage-enrichment: rabbit does prefer straw or a compressed wooden block es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.date.updated 2015-01-27T11:18:02Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.4995/wrs.2014.1353
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Rommers, JM.; Bracke, MB.; Reuvekamp, B.; Gunnink, H.; De Jong, IC. (2014). Cage-enrichment: rabbit does prefer straw or a compressed wooden block. World Rabbit Science. 22(4):301-309. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2014.1353. es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2014.1353 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 301 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 309 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 22
dc.description.issue 4
dc.identifier.eissn 1989-8886
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