Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Roger E. Ulrich

Second Advisor

Dr. Marilyn Kay Malott

Third Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study was an experimental analysis of: (a) housing preference of laboratory pigeons and, (b) the effects of housing on laboratory rat health. Pigeon preference between containment cages and fly cages was determined on the basis of exit time from the containment cage to the fly cage. Rat health was determined by the departmental veterinarian. The rats were exposed to traditional and alternative methods of housing.

The findings from this study indicate that (a) on the basis of pigeons' preferences concerning size, it may be more appropriate to house pigeons in fly cages; and (b) alternative methods of care and housing for laboratory rats may be more appropriate for their species and contribute to their health and comfort more so than traditional methods.

It was concluded that researchers should immediately move toward modifying current housing and care methods.