The aim of the study was to assess activity, position and behaviour parameters as indicators of heat stress in rabbits subjected to a circadian heat stress cycle. Ten does (80-105 days old) and 6 bucks (180 days old) individually housed in commercial wire cages were observed during 12 days 12 hours a day by means of videocameras using scan sampling at 5 minutes interval. Rabbits were divided in two buildings. Five females and three males were housed at 18.4ºC mean temperature (control group) and the rest at 20.1ºC, 17 hours a day, and at 27.9 ºC the rest 7 hours (heat stress group). Position in relation to the corridor (watching it, avoiding it or perpendicular), activity (lying, sitting, prostrated or moving) and behaviour (grooming, exploring, resting, feeding and drinking) were assessed. Statistical analyses were performed with Genmod of SAS. No differences were found between treatments in feeding and drinking behaviour and animals moving. The presence of resting behaviour, watching the corridor and be prostrated was higher (P
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||10th World Rabbit Congress, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypte|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- oryctolagus cuniculus
Rafel, O., Catanese, B., Rodriguez, P., Fuentes, C., Llonch, P., Mainanu, E., Piles, M., Velarde, A., Ramon, J., López-Bejar, M., & Dalmau, A. (2012). Effect of temperature on breeding rabbit behaviour. 10th World Rabbit Congress, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypte, 1075-1079.