Behavioral and endocrine evaluation of the stressfulness of single-pen housing compared to group-housing and social isolation conditions.

@article{Guesdon2015BehavioralAE,
  title={Behavioral and endocrine evaluation of the stressfulness of single-pen housing compared to group-housing and social isolation conditions.},
  author={Vanessa Guesdon and Maryse Meurisse and Didier Chesneau and Sophie Picard and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric L{\'e}vy and Elodie Chaillou},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2015},
  volume={147},
  pages={63-70}
}
Regulation of neuroendocrine responses is often studied in animals housed indoors in individual contiguous pens. In sheep, these housing conditions are used to control the environment, facilitate biological sampling and limit social stress. However, this type of housing also prevents exploratory behaviors and could induce stereotypies, non-compliant with welfare and possibly associated with a state of stress. In this context, we investigated the impact of housing in a single-pen, with other… CONTINUE READING
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