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Identification of key nest site stimuli for Japanese quail ( Coturnix japonica )

By I. Schmid, B. Wechsler

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Groups of Japanese quail hens were housed in pens (2 x 1 x 0.5 m) with litter and access to a sand-filled dust bath and 4 nest boxes for 2 periods of 15 days. The type of nest boxes varied between the pens and the incidence of eggs laid outside the nest boxes was recorded. In experiment 1 (8 groups of 30 quails), the nature of the top of the nest box (closed or with slits) and the substrate (hay or artificial turf) significantly affected the percentage of floor eggs. Nest boxes containing hay and a top with slits were the most attractive. A higher proportion (78

Date 1998
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 57
Issue 1/2
Pages 145-156
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Abteilung Sozial- und Nutztierethologie, Zoologisches Institut, Universitat Bern, Ethologische Station Hasli, Wohlenstrasse 50a Hinterkappelen CH-3032, Switzerland.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Birds
  4. Color
  5. Eggs
  6. Hay
  7. Light intensity
  8. nesting
  9. nests
  10. oviposition
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. Poultry
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