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Development of responsiveness to the individual maternal "clucking" by domestic chicks (Gallus gallus domesticus).
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PMID:  24925863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Sixty-nine chicks, brooded by hens, were given the choice of approaching the clucking sound of the familiar hen or another clucking source. The effects of age and prenatal experience of clucking on the responsiveness to their hen's clucking were also investigated. Eighty-three percent of all chicks tested chose the familiar hen clucking after a certain age. By 4 days of age, 29% of artificially incubated chicks approached the clucking of a familiar hen. Seventy-four percent of naturally incubated chicks and 89% of chicks artificially incubated until pipping and then naturally incubated, showed this discrimination. This corresponds well to the natural situation, in which the hen remains in the nest with the chicks for up to 3 days after hatching. The results also indicate that late prenatal experience of the maternal call is of importance for the later responsiveness to this call.
B Fält
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioural processes     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0376-6357     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav. Processes     Publication Date:  1981 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-06-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703854     Medline TA:  Behav Processes     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-17     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 1981. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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