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Table 2 Schedule of experimental steps and faecal sampling during each experimental run

From: Differential behavioural and endocrine responses of common voles (Microtus arvalis) to nest predators and resource competitors

Experimental day Experimental steps Faecal sampling
0 voles paired in laboratory  
3 males removed  
12 pregnant females released into enclosures for habituation  
15 treatment animals (NP, RC, C) added to enclosures b: baseline, prior to the experiment
18 females equipped with radio tags I: sample under treatment conditions, prior to parturition
19-21 parturition, nest site identification by radio telemetry  
22-24 detection of nest entrances by fogging, activity measurements by automatic transponder reading antennas  
24 burrow characteristics and offspring parameter II: sample under treatment, with nestlings