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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Practices
Pool Bottom Feeds

The practices outlined in this section relate to methods of food presentation that do not require the use of special materials or devices. Scatter feeds, use of specific locations, and methods of ensuring that specific animals receive required medications and dietary supplements are dealt with.

Pool Bottom Feeds

Method Dried pulses (beans) and wheat thrown into pools sink, requiring that the animals dive down to eat them.
Species Ducks.
Purpose Encourage natural feeding behaviours and postures, provides exercise as birds dive to pool bottom to obtain food.
Pro Easy and quick to do, food still available after several days.
Con Pools must be cleaned more often if food is added to them.
Improvements --
Comments Pools must be kept as clean as reasonably possible, to avoid build up of pathogens. Rotting food in pools adds to the nutrient base for such organisms if allowed to decompose when not eaten.
Frequency of Use Once per Fortnight.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 8
Range of Users 9
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