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The preparturient behaviour of sows in enriched pens and the effect of pre-formed nests



The preparturient behaviour of sows in enriched pens and the effect of pre-formed nests



Applied Animal Behaviour Science 31(1-2): 61-68



The nest building behaviour of 12 preparturient sows was studied in enriched pens. Four categories of behaviour were observed: rooting, straw carrying, pawing and lying. In the 24 h before farrowing, six sows excavated hollows in sand floors and removed straw from dispensers to construct nests similar to those reported for sows kept outdoors. When pre-formed nests were presented to six sows on the day before farrowing, straw removal was reduced (P < 0.05), straw carrying and pawing remained the same. Rooting, lying and the duration of nest building increased (P < 0.05). Nest building is highly motivated behaviour in sows and the performance of the activities themselves appears to have a significant role in reducing the motivation. Nesting material appears to be a key factor both in the regulation and performance of the behaviour.

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DOI: 10.1016/0168-1591(91)90153-o



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