cross-fostering

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cross-fostering

the transfer of young from one dam to another, usually to equalize numbers in litters of approximately the same age. Commonly practiced in rearing piglets.
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Piglets were cross-fostered across treatments within 3 d after birth to balance suckling intensity across sows with equalization of litter size, and thus to minimize any impact of initial litter size potentially affecting litter growth.
If a dog's littermates were divided and cross-fostered with other females, the dog would still recognize a littermate.
Though uncommon, studies of developmental patterns of heterospecific cross-fostered birds may be particularly helpful in elucidating differences in reproductive life history strategies among similar species, and the plasticity of developmental traits when reared under different conditions (Slagsvold, 2004).
The individuals nesting at the refuge are very likely descendents of Newell's shearwaters that were brought here 30 years ago as eggs and cross-fostered by the much more common wedge-tailed shearwater (Puffinus pacificus)," Zaun explains.
These investigators exposed rats prenatally to a single oral dose of TCDD, cross-fostered the animals to eliminate lactation exposure, and treated the pups at sexual maturity with DMBA.
To check that this was so, we also cross-fostered the third-laid egg of 43 control nests from one nest to another in the same way, and over the same period (3 May to 6 June), as for experimental eggs.
Scientists cross-fostered the animals so they were raised by mothers from the wrong species.
Heritability of blue tit tarsus length from normal and cross-fostered broods.
Whenever needed, piglets were cross-fostered among sows only within a dietary treatment within 24 h postpartum to standardize litters to approximately 10 pigs.
The sample of cross-fostered litters, in addition to the constraint of synchronous births, was chosen so that the number of neonates in the transferred litter was as close as possible to the original litter size of the foster mother.
At birth, we cross-fostered up to four pups per dam between two or more dams who had given birth on the same day.