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Examination of Free Choice of Rabbits among Different Cage-floors

Zsolt Matics
Zsolt Szendrő
István Radnai
Edit Biró-Németh
Mónika Gyovai

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APA 6th Edition
Matics, Z., Szendrő, Z., Radnai, I., Biró-Németh, E. & Gyovai, M. (2003). Examination of Free Choice of Rabbits among Different Cage-floors. Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, 68 (4), 265-268. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/12356
MLA 8th Edition
Matics, Zsolt, et al. "Examination of Free Choice of Rabbits among Different Cage-floors." Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, vol. 68, no. 4, 2003, pp. 265-268. https://hrcak.srce.hr/12356. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Matics, Zsolt, Zsolt Szendrő, István Radnai, Edit Biró-Németh and Mónika Gyovai. "Examination of Free Choice of Rabbits among Different Cage-floors." Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus 68, no. 4 (2003): 265-268. https://hrcak.srce.hr/12356
Harvard
Matics, Z., et al. (2003). 'Examination of Free Choice of Rabbits among Different Cage-floors', Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, 68(4), pp. 265-268. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/12356 (Accessed 03 December 2021)
Vancouver
Matics Z, Szendrő Z, Radnai I, Biró-Németh E, Gyovai M. Examination of Free Choice of Rabbits among Different Cage-floors. Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus [Internet]. 2003 [cited 2021 December 03];68(4):265-268. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/12356
IEEE
Z. Matics, Z. Szendrő, I. Radnai, E. Biró-Németh and M. Gyovai, "Examination of Free Choice of Rabbits among Different Cage-floors", Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, vol.68, no. 4, pp. 265-268, 2003. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/12356. [Accessed: 03 December 2021]

Abstracts
Rabbits were placed in a block of cages with a floor-area of 2 m2. The animals could move freely among the cages, through swing doors. All the four cages were totally equal, they only differed in the floor (planked by OSB panel, plastic-slat, plastic-mesh or wire-mesh). 24 or 32 rabbits, weaned at 21 days of age were placed into the block. During the experiment (until 10 weeks of age) the free choice of rabbits among the cage-floors was studied weekly with the help of 24-hour video recordings. The soiled and wet (by urine) planked-floor was chosen by fewer and fewer rearing rabbits after the first week. Placing both 24 or 32 rabbits into the block, the plastic mesh floor was preferred. With the increase of age the choice of
plastic-mesh, wire-mesh and plastic-slat floor became similar. The increase of both number and weight of rabbits in 1 m2 influenced the acceptance of different floors. Rearing 32 rabbits together, the choice of the 3 preferred floor types became similar at 7.5 weeks of age, while rearing 24 rabbits in a group, it became similar only at 9.5 weeks of age.

Keywords
rabbits; floor; free choice; video recording

Hrčak ID: 12356

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/12356

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