Diurnal variation in the feeding pattern of rabbits

Brian J. Horton, Stephen D. Turley, Clive E. West

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Abstract

Laboratory rabbits maintained under controlled lighting and fed ad libitum exhibit a weak but consistent diurnal fluctuation in feed intake. There are two major periods of eating; at the beginning and the end of the light period. This results in similar feed consumption for the light and dark periods. Water intake shows a similar diurnal variation to that of feed intake. If the normal lighting cycle is retarded by 6 hours, the animals adjust their diurnal rhythm of feeding behaviour to the new lighting cycle within 8 to 15 days. Comparative studies on rats are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1895-1907
Number of pages13
JournalLife Sciences
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1974

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Diurnal variation in the feeding pattern of rabbits. / Horton, Brian J.; Turley, Stephen D.; West, Clive E.

In: Life Sciences, Vol. 15, No. 11, 01.12.1974, p. 1895-1907.

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Horton, Brian J. ; Turley, Stephen D. ; West, Clive E. / Diurnal variation in the feeding pattern of rabbits. In: Life Sciences. 1974 ; Vol. 15, No. 11. pp. 1895-1907.
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