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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Device
Cored Cabbage or Melon

The feeding methods outlined in this section require prior preparation in terms of making devices for use by the animals, including items that must be opened or manipulated to obtain food, frames to hold food items, and containers that randomly release food such as insects.

Cored Cabbage or Melon

Method Large hole bored with apple corer, item threaded onto a rope. Several (1-2 cm wide) holes bored around it and filled with nuts, dried fruits and mealworms. Feeder is normally hung from the ceiling.
Species Most Monkeys, Parrots.
Purpose Stimulates foraging activity, and encourages development of balancing skills and arboreal feeding posture and foraging skills. Animal will generally eat the feeder once treats are finished.
Pro Good for co-ordination.
Con Cabbage is not eaten by some monkeys, and therefore wasted.
Improvements Use honey, peanut butter or circles from the cabbage core as a bung to keep loose items inside holes. Lemurs find this item easier if the cabbage is left on the ground.
Comments --
Frequency of Use Once per Week.
Ratings Usefulness 10/10
Convenience 8/8
Value For Money 10/10
Range of Users 10/7
Contributed By Primate Section / Bird Section

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