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The effect of four different feeding regimes on rabbit behaviour

By J. L. Prebble, F. M. Langford, D. J. Shaw, A. L. Meredith

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Dietary composition and presentation impacts on the behaviour of animals, and failure to provide a suitable diet can lead to reduced welfare through the development of poor health, the inability to express normal behaviours and the development of abnormal behaviours. This study assessed the effects of two commonly fed pet rabbit diets (extruded nuggets with hay (EH) and muesli with hay (MH)) alongside hay only (HO) and muesli only (MO) on the behaviour of 32 Dutch rabbits observed over 17 months. Increased time spent feeding was observed in the groups fed ad libitum hay (HO, EH, MH) compared to the MO group ( P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 169
Pages 86-92
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.05.003
Language English
Author Address Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian EH25 9RG, UK.Anna.Meredith@ed.ac.uk
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Diets
  5. Effect
  6. Feeding
  7. Feeding behavior
  8. Fodder
  9. Foraging
  10. Grazing
  11. Guidelines
  12. Hay
  13. Health
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. Posture
  17. rabbits
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