Difference in exploration and use of PET bottle and horseshoe for environment enrichment in piglets

Peter Juhas, Terézia Hegerová, Andrea Krčková, Petra Lípová, Ondrej Debrecéni


Article Details: Received: 2020-10-20 | Accepted: 2020-11-27 | Available online: 2021-01-31



Attractivity of two different enrichment objects was investigated in paper. Eight piglets were housed in pen with slatted floor. Pen environment was enriched with two hanging objects – PET bottle and horseshoe. Interactions with enrichment objects were evaluated during two consecutive days. PET bottle was more attractive, total number of interactions was 600 on day 1 and 451 on day 2. Horseshoe has very low attractiveness, number of interactions on day 1 was only 64 and 74 on day 2. Exploration of more attractive object was decreasing between days. Exploration of less attractive object was increasing. We recommend use of different enrichment objects for prolonged duration of exploration and occupation by manipulation, but both objects should be attractive for piglets.

Keywords: environment, enrichment, piglets, keyword, keyword


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