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Variation in behavioural indices of fearfulness and fatigue in transported broilers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8111617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several behavioural measures were used to determine fearfulness and fatigue in broiler chickens subjected to fasting and/or transportation. There was considerable variability between four replicates, although measures within replicates were acceptably consistent. There was no uniform effect of fasting or transport on behaviour. The most cogent results were obtained by monitoring post-journey behaviour. In the few hours after transport, fasted and transported birds stood more than control birds which could be explained by increased food-searching behaviour and/or arousal. It is argued that the high variability between replicates indicates that considerable efforts must be made to control environmental variables in studies of behaviour after transporting chickens.
C M Sherwin; S C Kestin; C J Nicol; T G Knowles; S N Brown; H J Reed; P D Warriss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British veterinary journal     Volume:  149     ISSN:  0007-1935     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. Vet. J.     Publication Date:    1993 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-03-28     Completed Date:  1994-03-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372554     Medline TA:  Br Vet J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  571-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal / physiology*
Chickens / physiology*
Fatigue / physiopathology,  veterinary*
Fear / physiology*
Food Deprivation
Movement Disorders / physiopathology,  veterinary
Poultry Diseases / physiopathology

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