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Housing and husbandry conditions affect stereotypic behaviour in laboratory gerbils


Waiblinger, E; König, B (2007). Housing and husbandry conditions affect stereotypic behaviour in laboratory gerbils. ALTEX : Alternativen zu Tierexperimenten, 24(Suppl):67-70.

Abstract

An artificial burrow was developed which fits into standard laboratory
cages and significantly reduces stereotypic digging in
gerbils. Also, the causes of bar-chewing were assessed experimentally.
Neither the lack of gnawing material, nor the spatial
proximity of cage-lid bars and food in the hopper, nor the routine
husbandry procedure of transferring juvenile gerbils to a
fresh cage, but premature separation of juvenile gerbils from
their parents before the birth of younger siblings significantly
increased bar-chewing.

Abstract

An artificial burrow was developed which fits into standard laboratory
cages and significantly reduces stereotypic digging in
gerbils. Also, the causes of bar-chewing were assessed experimentally.
Neither the lack of gnawing material, nor the spatial
proximity of cage-lid bars and food in the hopper, nor the routine
husbandry procedure of transferring juvenile gerbils to a
fresh cage, but premature separation of juvenile gerbils from
their parents before the birth of younger siblings significantly
increased bar-chewing.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:15
Publisher:Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
ISSN:1868-596X
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.altex.ch/en/index.html?id=50&iid=88&aid=22

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