Stereotypies, aggression and the feeding schedules of tethered sows

Rushen J.P. (1985) Stereotypies, aggression and the feeding schedules of tethered sows. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 14 2: 137-147. doi:10.1016/0168-1591(85)90025-5

Author Rushen J.P.
Title Stereotypies, aggression and the feeding schedules of tethered sows
Journal name Applied Animal Behaviour Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0168-1591
Publication date 1985-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0168-1591(85)90025-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 137
End page 147
Total pages 11
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
3400 Veterinary
Abstract Thirty tethered sows were observed for 5 min every half-hour for 9 h spanning the two feeding periods. Activity, consisting largely of food searching behaviour and drinking, was largely restricted to two 2-h periods following each feed. Three categories of stereotyped behaviour were observed and these were closely tied to the feeding periods. Short-duration bouts of rubbing, head-waving and bar-biting occurred during food delivery, while long-duration bouts of highly stereotyped and idiosyncratic sequences of rubbing and drinking were shown by older sows immediately after feeding. Vaccuum chewing tended to occur slightly later. I suggest that frustration of feeding motivation rather than under-stimulation underlies stereotypies in pigs, and that the different forms may represent stereotype of the appetitive and consummatory phases. Aggression was rare and was not closely related to the feeding periods or to stereotypies.
Q-Index Code C1
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