Study

Thiabendazole can be used to induce temporary aversion of eggs in rats Rattus norvegicus

  • Published source details Massei G., Lyon A.J. & Cowan D.P. (2002) Conditioned Taste Aversion Can Reduce Egg Predation by Rats. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 66, 1134-1140

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Action Category

Use aversive conditioning to reduce nest predation by mammalian predators

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Bird Conservation
  1. Use aversive conditioning to reduce nest predation by mammalian predators

    A randomised, replicated and controlled ex situ experiment in the UK (Messi et al. 2002) found that administering thiabendazole orally to 33 rats after they ate either a chicken Gallus gallus domesticus or quail Cortunix coturnix egg reduced the rate that they subsequently fed on either chicken or quail eggs, compared to control rats. Experimental rats ate 83% fewer eggs over eight post-conditioning tests and spent 80% less time eating eggs. No rats offered the same type (chicken or quail) of egg as in the experiment ate it in the first post-conditioning trial and only 20% of those offered the alternative egg ate it. All effects grew weaker over the eight post-conditioning tests, with most experimental combinations being indistinguishable from controls after eight tests.

     

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