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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Device
Fruit Rope

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.

Fruit Rope

Method Cored fruit (apple, orange) suspended from a long thin rope tied to a branch within enclosure. Parrots will use beak and claws to pull the fruit up to the branch, where it can be eaten. Melon can also be hung up for cassowary.
Species Greater Vasa Parrot, Cassowary (melon).
Purpose Puzzle feeder requiring problem solving and dexterity.
Pro Birds must spend time to get to the fruit, and while eating often release the rope, and must therefore repeat the process again.
Con --
Improvements Use long pieces of rope.
Comments --
Frequency of Use Every Second Day (Parrots), Once per Week (Cassowary).
Ratings Usefulness 9
Convenience 9
Value For Money 9
Range of Users 6
Contributed By Bird Section

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