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Tonic immobility and effects of early stress on chickens (Gallus gallus)
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Tonic immobility, TI, is an innate fear response in many vertebrate animals, induced by brief physical restraint. It is a widespread theory that chickens (Gallus gallus) reared under stressful conditions react stronger in tonic immobility tests, i.e. stay still and lay still for a longer period of time, than individuals reared under more stress-free conditions. In our study we attempted to see if stressful conditions early in life (temporary isolation from the flock on a daily basis) had any effect on how the individuals handled the stressful and fear-evoking experience of tonic immobility tests. A total of 77 chickens of the HyLine strain of White Leghorn were used. Three sets of tests were performed; first at the hatchery facility at Linköpings universitet; second after a stressful experience – the moving to the Wood-Gush facility at Vreta jordbruksgymnasium; and a random sample with about half of the birds the third time, also at Vreta. The results were inconclusive, but pointed more in the direction of the early-in-life stress having no effect on TI tests rather than the other way around.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 16 p.
Keyword [en]
Tonic immobility, restraint, fear, chickens, early stress, Gallus gallus
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57188ISRN: LITH-IFM-EX--10/2346--SEOAI: diva2:323597
2010-05-31, Linköpings universitet, 14:47 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2010-06-17 Created: 2010-06-11 Last updated: 2011-05-18Bibliographically approved

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