Effect of light intensities on reproductive performance, nursing behaviour and preference of Rabbit does

Z. S. Matics, Z. Szendrő, I. Radnai, R. Kasza, Z. S. Gerencsér

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Abstract

The aim of the experiment was to compare the reproductive performance and nursing behaviour of rabbit does reared under 2 different light intensities and observe the preference of does among cages with different light intensities. Female rabbits were randomly housed in 2 identical rooms, under the same housing conditions in wire-net cages. The 2 rooms only differed in the light intensity; group L: 150-200 lux (n=54 does, 230 inseminations), group D: 10-20 lux (n=54 does, 232 inseminations). Reproduction data from the first 5 consecutive reproductive cycles were evaluated. Nursing behaviour of the does (n = 24) was observed at the 2nd or 4th lactation. The preference of does (n=8) among 4 cages with different light intensities (10, 35, 75 or 155 lux) was examined. There were 6-7% difference between the 2 groups in the number of kits born in total and those born alive (born total: 11.25 vs. 10.59 kits, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Rabbit Science
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

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  • Light intensity
  • Nursing behaviour
  • Preference test
  • Rabbit
  • Reproductive performance

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Effect of light intensities on reproductive performance, nursing behaviour and preference of Rabbit does. / Matics, Z. S.; Szendrő, Z.; Radnai, I.; Kasza, R.; Gerencsér, Z. S.

In: World Rabbit Science, Vol. 24, No. 2, 01.04.2016, p. 139-144.

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Matics, Z. S. ; Szendrő, Z. ; Radnai, I. ; Kasza, R. ; Gerencsér, Z. S. / Effect of light intensities on reproductive performance, nursing behaviour and preference of Rabbit does. In: World Rabbit Science. 2016 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 139-144.
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