Pearson, K., Gant, J. 2018. Improving rabbit enrichment: developing a rolling enrichment plan. Animal Technology and Welfare 17(2), 121-123.

A three-week enrichment preference study trialling different substrates, food and pen structures was carried out in three, group-housed female New Zealand White Rabbits (NZW). Preference results: structural - rabbits spent the most time with a circular table (repurposed empty wooden cable drum); food - rabbits had a preference for the washing line (cabbage hung by wooden pegs from a natural fibre washing line); substrate - rabbits interacted most with straw, ball pit and paper wool nesting material. Behavioural results: Highest percentage reduction in stationary behaviour was seen in the hessian (structural), washing line (food) and paper wool (substrate).

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