Phase 4 of the Cage Size Study

29 06 2016

The fourth and final phase of the mink cage size study is about to begin. Maria‘s just spent 2-3 weeks modifying the cages that last year she set up to mimic European floor areas and the Canadian equivalents for males. This time she modified half to mimic Canadian floor areas for females (Euro cage regulations being the same for both sexes). With clever forethought last year, this now just involved shifting one wall per cage. The left hand image shows two of the cage-types (the Canadian one created by building dummy walls within each large pre-existing cage), and since it’s hard to see what’s what, on the the right one she’s outlined their footprints (NB = nest box). The size difference looks pretty dramatic to us, but will the female mink care? That is the question.