Diurnal variation in the feeding pattern of rabbits

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

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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
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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