Determining the importance of a nest to laying Pekin ducks

Lorelle Barrett

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Abstract

Farmed ducks frequently lay eggs on the shed floor, instead of in nests, a behaviour known as floor-laying. The research aimed to determine the importance of a nest to laying Pekin ducks. It was concluded that ducks are generally very motivated to use a suitable nest. Depriving highly motivated ducks of a nest resulted in stress, likely due to frustrated nesting behaviour, suggesting that the nest is an important resource. Floor-laying in ducks is not fully explained by low nest-seeking motivation. Issues such as competition and nest design must be considered when developing strategies to mitigate floor-laying in Pekin ducks.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date12 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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