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Reepalu, Elin (2008) Minkvalpars beteende i större berikade burar vid olika gruppstorlek. Other thesis, SLU.

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Farmed mink often perform stereotypic behaviours which is considered to be a sign of reduced welfare. Previous studies have shown that enriched cages can reduce the frequency of performed stereotypies. Most studies on mink in Sweden have been done on adults. The aim of this study was to investigate if larger enriched cages with two or four mink kits reduce stereotypies in mink kits during their growth period in comparison to traditional cages. In the present study the behaviours of mink kits that were kept in four different treatments at a private mink farm were recorded. Traditional cages with two mink kits were used as a reference and the other treatments consisted of larger cages with shelves with two kits, larger cages with shelves and a plastic cylinder with two kits, and larger cages with shelves with four kits. The behaviours were recorded by one-zero scan sampling with 10-second intervals. The results showed a statistically significant difference in the frequency of stereotypies between the different treatments. The mink kits that were kept in traditional cages performed more stereotypies than the ones that were kept in enriched cages. The enrichments did not have a significant effect on the activity of the mink kits, but there was a tendency of a difference in total activity between the three different weeks of observation. Both the activity and the frequency of performed stereotypies were higher in the first week of observation, which was probably due to a change in feeding times. The enrichments were utilized frequently and the mink kits that were kept in enriched cages spent a large part (29 – 39 %) of their active time in contact with the enrichments. No significant difference was seen between the different treatments. The conclusion of this study was that mink kits utilize enrichments to a large extent, which can be the explanation to the significant difference in the frequency of performed stereotypies in the different treatments. Further studies that can show how this kind of early enrichments affects the frequency of performed stereotypies in adult minks during the breeding period are needed.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: mink, enrichment, stereotypy
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. of Animal Enviroment and Health
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Depositing User: Elin Reepalu
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:10
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/2986

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