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AAB | Articles | Volume 62, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 49–57, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-62-49-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 49–57, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-62-49-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Original study 06 Feb 2019

Original study | 06 Feb 2019

Behaviour of domestic rabbits during 2 weeks after weaning

Sandra Kaźmierczak et al.
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Rabbits from five litters weaned at the age of 5 weeks were observed. A number of social, exploratory, comfort, eating, resting and locomotor behaviours were observed. Aggressive behaviour was not observed. The majority of rabbits showed companion and place preference. Significant effects of group size and time of day on the frequency of some forms of behaviour were noted, e.g. rabbits performed comfort behaviour more often in the morning. Sex did not influence the rabbits' behaviour.
Rabbits from five litters weaned at the age of 5 weeks were observed. A number of social,...
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