Glucocorticoid metabolites in rabbit faeces-Influence of environmental enrichment and cage size

Stephanie Buijs*, Linda J. Keeling, Sophie Rettenbacher, Luc Maertens, Frank A M Tuyttens

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Abstract

The concentration of glucocorticoid metabolites (GCM) in rabbit faeces has been suggested as a non-invasive indicator of stress. In the present study, GCM concentrations were measured in faeces of fattening rabbits kept in groups of eight, at seven different stocking densities (between 5 and 20animals/m2), with or without environmental enrichment (a wooden structure used mainly for gnawing and resting). Transport (30min) was used as an acute novel stressor to assess the glucocorticoid response to stress under the different housing conditions. GCM concentrations were elevated post-transport (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-473
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Volume104
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Cage size
  • Corticosterone
  • Enrichment
  • Faeces
  • Rabbit
  • Transport

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    Buijs, S., Keeling, L. J., Rettenbacher, S., Maertens, L., & Tuyttens, F. A. M. (2011). Glucocorticoid metabolites in rabbit faeces-Influence of environmental enrichment and cage size. Physiology and Behavior, 104(3), 469-473. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.05.008