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Effect of breed, cage type, and reproductive phase on fecal corticosterone levels in doe rabbits

By L. Prola, P. Cornale, M. Renna, E. Macchi, G. Perona, A. Mimosi

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Fecal corticosterone concentration (FCC) is increasingly being used as a noninvasive indicator of stress in assessment of nonhuman animal welfare. The aim of this study was to evaluate effects of breed, cage type, reproductive phase, and their interactions on FCC levels in doe rabbits. A total of 252 doe rabbits were randomly assigned to 2 groups. Does were individually housed in either standard dimension cages (SC) or in cages with a volume more than double that of the SC. Bigger cages (BC) were equipped with a plastic foot mat. Breed, cage type, and reproductive phase significantly affected FCC. New Zealand hybrids showed higher FCCs ( p

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 140-149
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2013.768903
Language English
Author Address Department of Veterinary Science, University of Turin, Via Leonardo da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco, Turin, Italy.liviana.prola@unito.it
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  1. Animal genetics
  2. Animal reproduction
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. APEC countries
  6. Australasia
  7. Breeds
  8. Cages
  9. Commonwealth of Nations
  10. Corticosteroids
  11. Countries
  12. Developed countries
  13. Diseases and injuries of animals
  14. Effect
  15. Estrous cycle
  16. Feces
  17. Feet
  18. Hybrids
  19. Interactions
  20. Lagomorpha
  21. Leporidae
  22. Mammals
  23. New Zealand
  24. Oceania
  25. OECD countries
  26. peer-reviewed
  27. rabbits
  28. Stress
  29. vertebrates
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