Chicks change their pecking behaviour towards stationary and mobile food sources over the first 12 weeks of life: improvement and discontinuities

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Murphy, Kenneth J.; Hayden, Thomas J.; Kent, John P.;
  • Publisher: PeerJ Inc.
  • Journal: PeerJ,volume 2 (issn: 2167-8359, eissn: 2167-8359)
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  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4217182, doi: 10.7717/peerj.626
  • Subject: Development | Animal Behavior | Developmental Biology | Medicine | R | Ecology | Chicks | Pecking | Peck rate | Nutritional requirements | Zoology
    mesheuropmc: behavior and behavior mechanisms | psychological phenomena and processes | animal structures | behavioral disciplines and activities

Chicks (Gallus gallus domesticus) learn to peck soon after hatching and then peck in rapid bursts or bouts with intervals of non-pecking activity. The food sources may be static such as seeds and chick crumb, or mobile such as a mealworm. Here, changes with age in pecki... View more
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