Maintenance revised

Maintenance revised - Maintenance Behavior Time spent on...

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Maintenance Behavior Time spent on feather care is usually downplayed. Yet, about 9% of day spent on maintenance behavior (mostly preening). But, you don’t see it that often …. (why?) How important is it? Great tit experiment. During breeding. - with added fleas: 52% of night preening - without added fleas: 26% of night preening
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Preening 2004 study of 62 species: 9.2% of day on maintenance (93% of this was preening) Keeps feathers in place Removes ectoparasites (How effective? Another sick study…) With open bill With closed bill
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A study on turkeys An investigation was carried out to identify the optimum technique and age for beak trimming turkeys, which have to be kept at high densities and are thus at serious risk of inflicting injury on each other. Different groups of birds were subjected to electronic trimming (“bio-beaking”) at one day old, cold cutting at 6 days …. All the beak-trimming techniques resulted in marked reductions in mortality and feather damage due to
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