Communal nesting increases pup growth but has limited effects on adult behavior and neurophysiology in inbred mice.

@article{Heiderstadt2014CommunalNI,
  title={Communal nesting increases pup growth but has limited effects on adult behavior and neurophysiology in inbred mice.},
  author={Kathleen M Heiderstadt and David J. Vandenbergh and Joseph P. Gyekis and David A. Blizard},
  journal={Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science : JAALAS},
  year={2014},
  volume={53 2},
  pages={152-60}
}
Laboratory mice preferentially rear their offspring in communal nests (CN), with all mothers contributing to maternal care and feeding of all the pups. Previous studies using primarily outbred mice have shown that offspring reared under CN conditions may display increased preweaning growth rates and differences in adult behavior and neurobiology compared with mice reared under single-nesting (SN; one dam with her litter) conditions. Here we compared pup mortality; weaning and adult body weights… CONTINUE READING