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The aim of our study was to explore the association between dominance rank and body condition in outdoor group-living domestic horses, Equus caballus. Social interactions were recorded using a video camera during a feeding test, applied to 203 horses in 42 herds. Dominance rank was assigned to 194...

Author(s)
Giles, S. L.; Nicol, C. J.; Harris, P. A.; Rands, S. A.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 166, pp 71-79
Abstract

Although horses are social animals they are often housed individually with limited social contact to other horses and this may compromise their welfare. The present study included eight young female horses and investigated the strength of motivation for access to full social contact, head contact...

Author(s)
Søndergaard, E.; Jensen, M. B.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 132, 3/4, pp 131-137
Abstract

Laying hens generally choose to aggregate, but the extent to which the environments in which we house them impact on social group dynamics is not known. In this paper the effect of pen environment on spatial clustering is considered. Twelve groups of four laying hens were studied under three...

Author(s)
Collins, L. M.; Asher, L.; Pfeiffer, D. U.; Browne, W. J.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 129, 1, pp 43-53
Abstract

Gregarious animals living in permanent social groups experience intra-group competition. Conflicts over resources can escalate into costly aggression and, in some conditions, non-dispersive forms of conflict resolution may be favoured. Post-conflict friendly reunions, hence reconciliation, have...

Author(s)
Cozzi, A.; Sighieri, C.; Gazzano, A.; Nicol, C. J.; Baragli, P.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Behavioural Processes, 2010, 85, 2, pp 185-190
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Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.; Pope, S. J.
Citation
Animal Behaviour, 1999, 57, 1, pp 163-171
Abstract

It has been argued that social learning helps animals either avoid noxious substances or identify food items, but evidence suggests that avian social learning is fundamentally different from that of mammals. In two experiments, we investigated whether the preferences of 80 domestic hens, Gallus g....

Author(s)
Sherwin, C. M.; Heyes, C. M.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Academic Press, London, UK
Citation
Animal Behaviour, 2002, 63, 5, pp 933-942
Abstract

T-maze preference tests were used to study group size and space preferences in laying hens kept on deep litter. The first experiment identified a non-significant tendency to prefer a larger group (120 hens) in a large space (9 m2) over a smaller group (5 hens) in a small space (1 m3), but when the...

Author(s)
Lindberg, A. C.; Nicol, C. J.
Citation
British Poultry Science, 1996, 37, 4, pp 709-721
Abstract

The effects of social and environmental familiarity on spacing behaviour were investigated in litter-kept hens. In Experiment 1, social familiarity affected spacing, with birds which were familiar with each other spreading evenly over the available area as evidenced by a significantly lower 'Spread ...

Author(s)
Lindberg, A. C.; Nicol, C. J.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1996, 49, 2, pp 109-123
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Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1995, 44, 2/4, pp 79-98
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Three experiments were designed to assess the extent to which pigs can acquire information from their siblings. In Experiment 1, pigs were pre-exposed to the sight and smell of a novel diet, or to a sibling demonstrator eating the novel diet, or to a sibling demonstrator eating a familiar diet. In...

Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.; Pope, S. J.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1994, 40, 1, pp 31-43

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