Development of social behaviour in chickens: A factor analysis

Rushen J. (1982) Development of social behaviour in chickens: A factor analysis. Behavioural Processes, 7 4: 319-333. doi:10.1016/0376-6357(82)90004-3

Author Rushen J.
Title Development of social behaviour in chickens: A factor analysis
Journal name Behavioural Processes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0376-6357
Publication date 1982-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0376-6357(82)90004-3
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 319
End page 333
Total pages 15
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1105 Dentistry
2802 Behavioral Neuroscience
Abstract Factor analysis was used to describe the week by week changes in the frequency of a wide range of behaviours of chickens. Oblique rotation resulting in correlated factors was compared with the more conventional orthogonal rotation, and was found to provide a clearer interpretation of the factors. Mixed sex groups of chickens were observed from hatching until sexual maturity, and the changes in the occurrence of agonistic behaviours could be described in terms of three factors. Factor 1 involved early sparring and running, but there was some doubt as to whether this should be labelled aggressive. Factor 2 involved non-reciprocated leaping, horizontal neck threats, and headpecks between males. Factor 3 involved threats and headpecks between males and females. Sexual development could be described by two factors; the first involving sexual development of the male, and the second the beginning of sexual interactions between males and females. Waltzes and rear approaches were associated with the sexual development of males, while chases were associated with sexual interactions. There was an increase in the frequency of prolonged male-male agonistic encounters when these sexual interactions began to occur.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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