Location preference of rabbit does between common sized and double sized cages

Annamaria Miko, Z. Szendrő, Zsolt Matics, Istvan Radnai, Meinrad Odermatt, Istvan Nagy, Zsolt Gerencser

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The aim of this study was to observe the location preference of non-pregnant (n = 44), pregnant and lactating rabbit does (n = 19) between cages of different sizes. In each cage block does were housed individually and could move freely between a small (57.5 × 38 × 30 cm) and a large cage (57.5 cm × 76 × 30 cm), through swing door. The cageblocks were separated with non-transparent plate walls, excluding any visual contact. Using infrared cameras, 24-hour recordings were performed. The actual location of the does was registered at each half hour (48 times a day). The data of non-pregnant does were evaluated according the different day parts (23:00-05:00, 05:00-11:00, 11:00-17:00, and 17:00-23:00). Location preference was first evaluated independently of the place of kindling (in the small or large cage), and its influence on the does' location preference was also analyzed. Non-pregnant (65%) and pregnant rabbit does (73.1%) spent significantly (P<0.001) more time in the large cage than in the small cage. Cage preference seemed to be proportional to the cage sizes (1/3 and 2/3) thus cage choice may be considered as random. The difference of location preference was tested between the observed and expected frequencies (33.3% and 66.6% for the smaller and larger cages, respectively). The small and large cage blocks were chosen with a frequency of 23 and 77% and 29.2 and 70.8% when kindling took place in the small and large cages, respectively. Based on the results the rabbit does show higher preference for large cages but this preference was lower when the kindling took place there.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalActa Agriculturae Slovenica
Volume100
Issue numberSUPPL.3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Keywords

  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • Cage size
  • Ethology
  • Housing
  • Rabbit does
  • Rabbits

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Water Science and Technology

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Miko, A., Szendrő, Z., Matics, Z., Radnai, I., Odermatt, M., Nagy, I., & Gerencser, Z. (2012). Location preference of rabbit does between common sized and double sized cages. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 100(SUPPL.3), 299-302.

Location preference of rabbit does between common sized and double sized cages. / Miko, Annamaria; Szendrő, Z.; Matics, Zsolt; Radnai, Istvan; Odermatt, Meinrad; Nagy, Istvan; Gerencser, Zsolt.

In: Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, Vol. 100, No. SUPPL.3, 09.2012, p. 299-302.

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Miko, A, Szendrő, Z, Matics, Z, Radnai, I, Odermatt, M, Nagy, I & Gerencser, Z 2012, 'Location preference of rabbit does between common sized and double sized cages', Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, vol. 100, no. SUPPL.3, pp. 299-302.
Miko A, Szendrő Z, Matics Z, Radnai I, Odermatt M, Nagy I et al. Location preference of rabbit does between common sized and double sized cages. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica. 2012 Sep;100(SUPPL.3):299-302.
Miko, Annamaria ; Szendrő, Z. ; Matics, Zsolt ; Radnai, Istvan ; Odermatt, Meinrad ; Nagy, Istvan ; Gerencser, Zsolt. / Location preference of rabbit does between common sized and double sized cages. In: Acta Agriculturae Slovenica. 2012 ; Vol. 100, No. SUPPL.3. pp. 299-302.
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