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Diurnal variation in the feeding pattern of rabbits


Horton, BJ and Turley, SD and West, CE, Diurnal variation in the feeding pattern of rabbits, Life Sciences, 15 pp. 1895-1907. ISSN 0024-3205 (1974) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/0024-3205(74)90040-X


Laboratory rabbits maintained under controlled lighting and fed ad libitum exhibit a weak but consistent diurnal fluctuation in feed intake. There are two major periods of eating; at the beginning and the end of the light period. This results in similar feed consumption for the light and dark periods. Water intake shows a similar diurnal variation to that of feed intake. If the normal lighting cycle is retarded by 6 hours, the animals adjust their diurnal rhythm of feeding behaviour to the new lighting cycle within 8 to 15 days. Comparative studies on rats are included. © 1974.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Sheep for wool
UTAS Author:Horton, BJ (Dr Brian Horton)
ID Code:63477
Year Published:1974
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2010-05-07
Last Modified:2010-05-07

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