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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Device
Food Log

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.

Food Log

Method Thick log with holes 2-3 cm wide by 6-12 cm deep drilled along length, mounted onto wall or hung from ceiling. Holes are filled with food - nuts, celery sticks, mange tout, baby corn (for primates), raisins, dates, nuts (for parrots).
Species Primates, Parrots.
Purpose Sturdy puzzle feeder, requiring co-ordination and balance, particularly when suspended from the ceiling by a chain.
Pro Difficult to destroy. Simulates natural foraging technique of probing holes in trees.
Con Very easy to obtain food from unless the feeder is hung in a difficult to reach area. Small holes are time consuming to fill.
Improvements Holes can be covered by a strip of barked wood that must be pushed aside to gain access.
Comments Keep device away from windows. By leaving bark on, looks more natural to the public.
Frequency of Use Filled Twice per Week.
Ratings Usefulness 8/10
Convenience 8/6
Value For Money 10/9
Range of Users 10/6
Contributed By Primate Section / Bird Section

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