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Effects of visual cover on farmed red deer behaviour

By C. J. Whittington, A. S. Chamove

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The behaviour of 20 female red deer in a paddock with no visual cover was observed for 2 weeks. Cover, consisting of 2 shade cloth barriers and hanging plastic strips, was placed in one half of the paddock and the behaviour observed. After replication in a 2nd paddock in reversed order, it was found that the provision of cover consistently reduced typical inter-animal aggressive behaviour, and also reduced aggressive behaviour seen during novelty tests.

Date 1995
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 45
Issue 3-4
Pages 309-314
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
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  1. Aggression
  2. Agonistic behavior
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animal housing
  5. Animal rights
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Deer
  8. Housing
  9. Mammals
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. shelters
  12. Social behavior
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