Effect of different lighting schedules (16L: 8D or 12L:6D) on reproductive performance and nursing behaviour of rabbit does

Zs Matics, Z. Gerencsér, I. Radnai, A. Dalle Zotte, M. Palumbo, A. Mikó, R. Kasza, Z. Szendrő

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The objective of the experiment was to study the reproductive performance and nursing behaviour of rabbit does under two different lighting schedules: 24. h group=16L:8D (n=54 does) and 18. h group=12L:6D (n=54 does). There was continuous lighting between 0.00 and 16.00. h in the 24. h group, however the lighting periods were modified day by day in the 18. h group (between 0.00 and 12.00, 18.00 and 6.00, 12.00 and 24.00, 6.00 and 18.00, respectively). Rabbit does were first inseminated at 16.5 weeks of age (mean body weight: 3.69. kg). A single batch, 42 day reproductive rhythm was applied. Rabbit does could nurse their kits freely. Nursing behaviour of the does and reproductive performance of the first five consecutive reproductive cycles were evaluated. The body weight of the does, the kindling rate, the litter size (born total, born alive, stillborn, at 21. d and at 35. d of age), the mortality of the kits and survival of the does were similar in the two groups. The litter and the individual weights at 21 and 35. d were higher in the 24. h group than in the 18. h group (litter weight at 21. d:3.21 vs. 3.08. kg, P=0.004; at 35. d:7.99 vs. 7.66. kg, P=0.002; individual weight at 21. d:371 vs. 351. g, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-551
Number of pages7
JournalLivestock Science
Volume157
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Lighting schedule
  • Nursing behaviour
  • Rabbit doe
  • Reproductive performance

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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Effect of different lighting schedules (16L : 8D or 12L:6D) on reproductive performance and nursing behaviour of rabbit does. / Matics, Zs; Gerencsér, Z.; Radnai, I.; Zotte, A. Dalle; Palumbo, M.; Mikó, A.; Kasza, R.; Szendrő, Z.

In: Livestock Science, Vol. 157, No. 2-3, 2013, p. 545-551.

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Matics, Zs ; Gerencsér, Z. ; Radnai, I. ; Zotte, A. Dalle ; Palumbo, M. ; Mikó, A. ; Kasza, R. ; Szendrő, Z. / Effect of different lighting schedules (16L : 8D or 12L:6D) on reproductive performance and nursing behaviour of rabbit does. In: Livestock Science. 2013 ; Vol. 157, No. 2-3. pp. 545-551.
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