Observations Regarding the Duration of Feeding Behaviour when Intensively Farmed Coypus (Nutrias) are Fed with Barley and Carrots

Ioan Bănăţean-Dunea, Marian Bura, Adrian Grozea, Silvia Pătruică, Sorin Voia, Mărioara Nicula

Abstract


The studies on coypu behaviour are applied in the development of knowledge regarding ethology, in the coypubreedingtechnology, animal welfare and, at the moment, they present great importance for animal protection. Thebiological material studied was consisted of health adult coypus, belonging to the variety Golden Standard with asimilar body mass. The indices supervised were: feeding behaviour duration if coypus are fed with barley and carrotsaccording to gender and time slot, the duration of one feeding sequence according to forage consumed and genderand the number of feeding sequences according to forage consumed and gender. For realising the purposed aim, eachcoypu was monitorized (video), individually, 24 hours a day. The duration of feeding behaviour when coypus are fedwith barley and carrots was 4507.88±38.99 seconds for males (5.21% of the behavioural manifestations), and forcoypu females, the duration of feeding behaviour was 4576.63±26.01 seconds (5.29% of the behaviouralmanifestations). The most intense manifestations of the feeding behaviour took place in the time slots 08:00-14:00and 14:00-20:00, and the lowest intensity of the feeding behaviour manifestations took place in the time slot 02:00-08:00.

Keywords


coypu; feeding behaviour; intensive system

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