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  1. Dustbathing and feather pecking in domestic chickens reared with and without access to sand

    Contributor(s):: Norgaard-Nielsen, G.

    Eight groups of 10 female white Leghorn chicks were kept in wire floor cages from 1 day old. From 2 days of age four of the groups had continuous access to a wooden tray with dark dry sand, while the other groups had a wooden frame of the same size but without sand. Low intensity light (10 lux)...

  2. Factors associated with the prevalence of stereotypic behaviour amongst Thoroughbred horses passing through auctioneer sales

    Contributor(s):: Mills, D. S., Alston, R. D., Rogers, V., Longford, N. T.

    The objective of this study was to evaluate whether sex, age and/or coat colour were associated with the occurrence of stereotypic behaviour in the horse and to assess whether the occurrence of one type of stereotypy in an individual was associated with the occurrence of another specific type of...

  3. Feather eating in layer pullets and its possible role in the aetiology of feather pecking damage

    Contributor(s):: McKeegan, D. E. F., Savory, C. J.

    Feather eating and its possible relationship with damaging pecking was examined in 144 pen-housed ISA Brown layer pullets. Collection and measurement of loose feathers in sample plots on 12 pen floors (feather were characterized as 'short' or 'long'), and examination of faecal droppings (eaten...

  4. Geophagia in horses: a short note on 13 cases

    Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Hawson, L. A., Habermann, T. C., Cattle, S. R.

    Recorded in several species including humans, geophagia or soil eating has been observed in both wild and domesticated horses and has generally been regarded as an indication of nutritional deficiency or "boredom". Studies of soils consumed by different species have led to several theories as to...

  5. Inappropriate behavior of potential guide dogs for the blind and coping behavior of human raisers

    Contributor(s):: Koda, N.

    Inappropriate behaviour of potential guide dogs (puppies; n=11) for the blind and coping behaviour of their adult female raisers (puppy walkers: PWs) were videotaped in their play situation at home from when the puppies were 2-11 or 12 months of age. The frequency of inappropriate behaviour...

  6. Increased reproductive output in stereotypic captive Rhabdomys females: potential implications for captive breeding

    Contributor(s):: Jones, M. A., Lierop, M. van, Mason, G., Pillay, N.

    Captive animal populations can diverge considerably from populations in the wild, despite the animals not being deliberately domesticated. If the phenotypes which are of benefit in captivity are heritable, the genotypes of captive-stock can diverge swiftly and substantially from wild-stock. Using...

  7. Indication of a genetic basis of stereotypies in laboratory-bred bank voles ( Clethrionomys glareolus )

    Contributor(s):: Schoenecker, B., Heller, K. E.

    The development of stereotypies was studied in 2 successive laboratory-bred generations of bank voles representing F1 (n=248) and F2 (n=270) of an originally wild caught stock. It was shown that the propensity to develop stereotypies under barren housing conditions strongly relates to the same...

  8. Intersucking in dairy cattle - review and questionnaire. (Special Issue: Behaviour and welfare of cattle)

    Contributor(s):: Lidfors, L., Isberg, L.

    Intersucking is an abnormal behaviour in dairy heifers and cows, and it is defined by one animal sucking the teat of another animal with the intention of sucking milk. The aim of this paper is to review earlier studies on intersucking in dairy cattle and to present results from a questionnaire...

  9. ISAE international congresses, 1999-2001. (International Society for Applied Ethology Special Issue)

    Contributor(s):: Widowski, T., Mench, J.

    This special issue of Applied Animal Behaviour Science contains topics on the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) congress. The 8 topics include (1) human-animal interactions in livestock production; (2) applied and basic research in farm animal welfare; (3) transferring the results...

  10. Medical paradigms for the study of problem behaviour: a critical review. (International Society for Applied Ethology Special Issue)

    Contributor(s):: Mills, D. S.

    The study of animal behaviour problems is an area of increasing interest in applied ethology. As with the study of abnormal behaviour in humans, there are two broad approaches to this subject, one emphasising the role of the environment and biology of the species in shaping behaviour and other...

  11. Motivational and physiological analysis of the causes and consequences of non-nutritive sucking by calves

    Contributor(s):: Passille, A. M. de, Rushen, J.

    Non-nutritive sucking by calves of an artificial, dry teat was examined. Most non-nutritive sucking occurred directly after a meal and was elicited by the taste of milk. Increasing the volume of milk drunk did not reduce the amount of non-nutritive sucking, suggesting that the consumption of milk...

  12. Owner attitudes and dog behaviour problems

    Contributor(s):: O'Farrell, V.

    In the treatment of dog behaviour problems, assessment of the owner's attitude is usually an essential part of the diagnostic process. Questionnaire studies of groups of owners reveal wide variation in both degree and kind of owner attachment. Individual-centred methods such as the Kelly...

  13. Resting and social behaviour of dairy heifers housed in slatted floor pens with different sized bedded lying areas

    Contributor(s):: Nielsen, L. H., Mogensen, L., Krohn, C., Hindhede, J., Sorensen, J. T.

    The hypothesis that an increase in the straw bedded resting area for group housed heifers would increase synchronization of resting behaviour and decrease aggressive and abnormal behaviour was tested. An experiment was conducted on 2 Danish commercial dairy farms with 20 Danish Friesian heifers...

  14. Some aspects of milk that elicit non-nutritive sucking in the calf

    Contributor(s):: Passille, A. M. de, Rushen, J., Janzen, M.

    Male Holstein dairy calves were allowed to suck a non-nutritive teat after meals of either cow milk or milk replacer, and the amount of non-nutritive sucking that occurred during the 10 min following the meal was observed. There were no differences between milk and commercial milk replacer in the...

  15. Stereotyped pecking after feeding by restricted-fed fowls is influenced by meal size

    Contributor(s):: Savory, C. J., Mann, J. S.

    Growing broiler breeder chickens, fed routinely according to a programme of chronic food restriction, typically show increased pacing before feeding time and increased drinking and pecking at non-food objects afterwards. Expression of this behaviour is often stereotyped in form. In 2 experiments...

  16. Stereotypies in heifers are affected by feeding regime

    Contributor(s):: Redbo, I., Nordblad, A.

    The effect of giving different types of food which result in long or short feeding durations on stereotypy levels was studied. Forty-eight tethered heifers of the Swedish Red and White Breed, with an average age of 16 months, were subjected to the same treatment. During the first 2 weeks of the...

  17. Stimulation of serotonin (5-HT) activity reduces spontaneous stereotypies in female but not in male bank voles ( Clethrionomys glareolus ). Stereotyping female voles as a new animal model for human anxiety and mood disorders?

    Contributor(s):: Schoenecker, B., Heller, K. E.

    Spontaneously stereotyping female and male bank voles were injected daily (except on days assigned for monitoring behaviour) during 3 weeks with placebo, the neurolepticum clozapine or the SSRI antidepressant citalopram. Clozapine blocks dopamine (DA) receptors and acts as a partial serotonin...

  18. Survey of breeders' management of horses in Europe, North America and Australia: comparison of factors associated with the development of abnormal behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Parker, M., Goodwin, D., Redhead, E. S.

    An online survey of domestic horse breeders in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and mainland Europe was carried out in order to examine management risk factors associated with the development of abnormal behaviour patterns. One hundred and forty breeders responded, and epidemiological results...

  19. The effects of weaning at 7, 14 and 28 days on piglet behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Worobec, E. K., Duncan, I. J. H., Widowski, T. M.

    The effects of very early weaning on piglet behaviour were investigated. In order to determine the effects of weaning age on piglet behaviour, litters of piglets were randomly assigned to be weaned at 7, 14 and 28 days of age. In each of 3 trials, piglets from 3 litters were mixed into 2 pens of...

  20. The social transmission of feather pecking in laying hens: effects of environment and age

    Contributor(s):: McAdie, T. M., Keeling, L. J.

    Abnormal behaviours, such as feather pecking, can become an even greater problem if they spread through the flock. Domestic hens are a social species and it has been suggested that feather pecking behaviour can be socially transmitted from few feather pecking individuals to many. The purpose of...