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Rabbits are usually singly housed in laboratories, but a new emphasis on providing social housing for social species has prompted exploration of alternative housing for this species. However, a paucity of literature on the social behavior of rabbits in captivity has prevented scientific-based...

Author(s)
DiVincenti, L., Jr.; Rehrig, A.
Publisher
Routledge, Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2017, 20, 1, pp 86-94
Abstract

Group housing is becoming the standard for many farm animal species, as it is seen as a more welfare friendly way of keeping gregarious animals. Aggression between female breeding rabbits currently obstructs the implementation of group housing for this species. Lack of social experience during the...

Author(s)
Buijs, S.; Vangeyte, J.; Tuyttens, F. A. M.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2016, 182, pp 53-60
Abstract

Rabbits are common pets in many European countries, including Italy. However, little is known about their behavior and general welfare. The purpose of this study was to explore behaviors of Italian domestic rabbits as perceived by their owners and to investigate the effect of sex on these behaviors ...

Author(s)
d'Ovidio, D.; Pierantoni, L.; Noviello, E.; Pirrone, F.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2016, 15, pp 37-42
Abstract

Here we describe a case of pseudopregnancy in a New Zealand White rabbit as a result of pair housing with an aggressive conspecific. Clinical signs included fur pulling and nest building that developed shortly after separation from the aggressor. An ovariohysterectomy was performed, and...

Author(s)
Carter, C. L.; Adams, J. K.; Czarra, J. A.; Coan, P. N.
Publisher
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Memphis, USA
Citation
Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 2016, 55, 1, pp 98-99
Abstract

Author(s)
Speight, C.
Publisher
Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK
Citation
Veterinary Nursing Journal, 2016, 31, 5, pp 144-148
Abstract

A rabbit's need for companionship is an important element of their welfare and husbandry. Increasingly, this fact is being recognised in both the laboratory and commercial settings and legislation and guidelines have been developed to enhance a rabbits social contact with members of their own...

Author(s)
Stapleton, N.
Publisher
MA Healthcare Limited, London, UK
Citation
The Veterinary Nurse, 2016, 7, 4, pp 206-212
Abstract

Rabbits are herbivorous, social, prey animals; this must be remembered when considering nutritional and behavioural aspects of their care. Rabbits should be fed a diet high in undigestible fibre, preferably based on grass or grass hay plus some green foods and very small amounts of concentrates and ...

Author(s)
Bourne, D.
Publisher
MA Healthcare Limited, London, UK
Citation
The Veterinary Nurse, 2015, 6, 1, pp 12-17
Abstract

Environmental enrichment is the creation of an environment which encourages the animal to demonstrate natural, species-specific behaviours and enhances opportunities for stimulation. It is a term common in the lexicon of anyone working in zoos, laboratories or other captive animal populations but...

Author(s)
Stapleton, N.
Publisher
MA Healthcare Limited, London, UK
Citation
The Veterinary Nurse, 2015, 6, 4, pp 228-233
Abstract

Interest in commercially farmed rabbit welfare has increased in recent years. As a result, new alternative housing systems have been developed, although they require evaluation in order to demonstrate their potential for improving welfare. The aim of this trial was to study the behavioural traits...

Author(s)
Alfonso-Carrillo, C.; Martín, E.; Blas, C. de; Ibáñez, M. A.; García-Rebollar, P.; García-Ruiz, A. I.
Publisher
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Citation
World Rabbit Science, 2014, 22, 1, pp 59-69
AbstractFull Text

This study aimed to assess the welfare of farmed rabbits in two facilities using different housing situations: indoor and outdoor cages. The welfare parameters assessed were extrapolated from the actual scientific knowledge and based on the five freedoms. The calculated prevalence of several...

Author(s)
Popescu, S.; Diugan, E. A.; Borda, C.; El-Mahdy, C.
Publisher
Banat's University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, Timisoara, Romania
Citation
Scientific Papers: Animal Science and Biotechnologies, 2013, 46, 2, pp 200-205

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