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The influence of social factors on the onset of egg production in Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica)

Abstract : We have tested the influence of male crowing and of female/female social interactions on the development of the reproductive system in female Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Two successive experiments confirmed the stimulating effect of male crowing on the development of the genital system in quail. Females hearing tape-recorded male crows during the night started laying more precociously. Rearing female quail in a direct interactive stimulation induced a significant increase in interindividual variability of sexual development. Such variability is the psychophysiological consequence of a permanent but discreet dominance/subordination relationship: expressed dominance would appear to reduce sexual development whereas being dominated would seem to accelerate it. On the other hand such relationships would appear to make dominated female more sensitive to the action of other social factors such as male crowing.
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Catherine Guyomarc'H, Jean-Charles Guyomarc'H. The influence of social factors on the onset of egg production in Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Biology of Behaviour, Masson, 1984, 9, pp.333-342. ⟨hal-01370270⟩

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