This work was supported by USPHS Grant HD # 10050 to Constance S. Campbell and a Special Dissertation Research Grant to Linda J. Swanson.
Maternal Behavior in the Primiparous and Multiparous Golden Hamster1
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1979 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 96–104, January-December 1979
How to Cite
Swanson, L. J. and Campbell, C. S. (1979), Maternal Behavior in the Primiparous and Multiparous Golden Hamster. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 50: 96–104. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1979.tb01016.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: July 9, 1978 Accepted: April 3, 1979
Changes in the normal behavior patterns seen during lactation in the female golden hamster have received relatively little attention in the past (Rowell 1961; Daly 1972). The purpose of this experiment was to characterize and compare maternal behavior in female hamsters during gestation and 24 days of lactation, with their first and second litters. Each was observed for ½ h daily, and her behavior recorded every 10 s.
Maternal behavior decreased over time in the mothers during both first and second lactations, while “non-maternal” behavior increased. No differences were observed in these measures between the first and second lactation.