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dc.contributor.authorPrebble JL
dc.contributor.authorLangford FM
dc.contributor.authorShaw DJ
dc.contributor.authorMeredith AL
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-09T11:52:42Z
dc.date.available2015-09-09T11:52:42Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citation169en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2015.05.003
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11262/10849
dc.description.abstractDietary composition and presentation impacts on the behaviour of animals, and failure to provide asuitable diet can lead to reduced welfare through the development of poor health, the inability to expressnormal behaviours and the development of abnormal behaviours. This study assessed the effects of twocommonly fed pet rabbit diets (extruded nuggets with hay (EH) and muesli with hay (MH)) alongside hayonly (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 < 0.05). A corresponding high level of inactivity was observed in the MO group compared torabbits receiving hay (P < 0.05). In the groups provided with hay a preference to consume hay in a natural grazing posture was observed. The higher activity levels and absence of abnormal behaviours when hay was fed support recommendations that forage should form a significant portion of the diet for domestic rabbits.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isformatof14125en_US
dc.relation.ispartofApplied Animal Behaviour Scienceen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This manuscript version is made available after the end of the 12 month embargo period under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectRabbiten_US
dc.subjectFeedingen_US
dc.subjectBehaviouren_US
dc.subjectAbnormal behaviouren_US
dc.subjectHayen_US
dc.titleThe effect of four different feeding regimes on rabbit behaviouren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted manuscript
dc.extent.pageNumbers86en_US
dc.extent.pageNumbers92en_US


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Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd. 
This manuscript version is made available after the end of the 12 month embargo period under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This manuscript version is made available after the end of the 12 month embargo period under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license