Effects of single- and mixed-sex caging on postweaning development in the rabbit

Bell, Diana J. and Bray, G. C. (1984) Effects of single- and mixed-sex caging on postweaning development in the rabbit. Laboratory Animals, 18 (3). pp. 267-270. ISSN 0023-6772

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Postweaning development was monitored in domesticated rabbits reared in single- or mixed-sex groups at a commercial farm. The results suggest that sex composition of cage groups had no significant effect on weight gain, feed intake or mortality rates from weaning (35 days) to marketing (93 days). On sacrifice at 93 days, females from single- and mixed-sex groups showed no significant differences in plasma gonadotropin levels (LH and FSH) or weights of paunched carcase, ovaries, uterus, adrenals, kidneys or kidney fat. Evidence for within-cage dominance hierarchies was found at 63 days of age when 46% of the rabbits inspected showed signs of aggressive attack.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aggression,animals,body weight,female,housing, animal,humans,male,mortality,organ size,rabbits,sex,social environment,weaning
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
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Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 09:04
Last Modified: 18 May 2023 00:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53052
DOI: 10.1258/002367784780958259

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