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Maternal behaviour in peripartum influences preweaning kit mortality in cage-bred wild rabbits

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Maternal behaviour in peripartum influences preweaning kit mortality in cage-bred wild rabbits

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dc.contributor.author González-Redondo, P.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-15T10:44:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-15T10:44:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1257-5011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/8435
dc.description.abstract This study describes and models maternal nest-building and parturition behaviour in cage-bred wild rabbits (oryctolagus cuniculus), and its influence on the kits' pre-weaning mortality. In a total of 91 litters, perinatal mortality was 33%; mortality during the nursing period was 16.05%, and therefore the accumulated mortality up to weaning was 43.94%. These mortality rates, higher than those described in the literature among domestic breeds, were linked to failures in maternal behaviour. Such failures included the non-introduction of straw into the nest box (41.8% of births), a lack of hair lining in the nest (28.6%), births in which one or all of the kits were born outside the nest box (18.7%), and births in which one or all of the kits were cannibalised by the doe (13.2%). Maternal behaviour in relation to the kits' viability was modelled by performing multiple correspondence and cluster analyses with two dimensions and a 67.2% total inertia. The first dimension (inertia: 0.400) was represented by the presence of hair in the nest box; the place where the kits were born (inside or outside the nest box), and the doe's previous experience (primiparous or multiparous), while the total number of kits born represents the second dimension (inertia: 0.272). Three maternal behaviour types were identified: types 1 and 3 representing births in which the failure of maternal behaviour at kindling led to high kit mortality. Maternal behaviour type 1 corresponds to primiparous does of parity orders 1 and 2 with a high number of total kits born and of stillborn kits. Type 3 births were characterised by all of the kits died during peripartum, with a high incidence of cannibalism. Type 2 included births of experienced does showing successful development of maternal behaviour, as well as high kits' survival rates during the peripartum and nursing periods. Although wild rabbits are subject to the same modulating factors in the development of the maternal repertoire as domestic does, showed a lower preweaning viability due to the failure to display maternal behaviour during peripartum en_EN
dc.language Inglés en_EN
dc.publisher World Rabbit Science. ICTA. UPV en_EN
dc.relation.ispartof World Rabbit Science
dc.rights Reconocimiento - No comercial (by-nc) en_EN
dc.subject Maternal behaviour en_EN
dc.subject Preweaning period en_EN
dc.subject Peripartum en_EN
dc.subject Kit mortality en_EN
dc.subject Wild rabbit en_EN
dc.title Maternal behaviour in peripartum influences preweaning kit mortality in cage-bred wild rabbits en_EN
dc.type Artículo en_EN
dc.identifier.doi 10.4995/WRS.2010.18.12 en_EN
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation González-Redondo, P. (2010). Maternal behaviour in peripartum influences preweaning kit mortality in cage-bred wild rabbits. World Rabbit Science. 18(2). doi:10.4995/WRS.2010.18.12 es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion https://doi.org/10.4995/WRS.2010.18.12 es_ES
dc.description.volume 18
dc.description.issue 2
dc.identifier.eissn 1989-8886 es_ES


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