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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Practices
Scatter Feeds (Outdoors)

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.

Scatter Feeds (Outdoors)

Method Scatter of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, flaked maize, (Mammals); grains, seeds, mealworms, and finely chopped fruit (Birds), thrown into a wide area of the enclosure.
Species Primates, Peccary, Babirusa, Tapir, Pheasants.
Purpose Increase foraging time and visibility of the animals. Provides more interest for visitors.
Pro Keeps the animals busy foraging. Reduces fighting over food as it is spread over too wide an area to be defended.
Con Uneaten food can attract vermin.
Improvements Heavy growth of grass increases the time required to find scattered food.
Comments Does not increase cleaning time.
Frequency of Use 5-8 Times per Day (Primates), 1-2 Times per Week (Others).
Ratings Usefulness 10/10
Convenience 10/9
Value For Money 10/10
Range of Users 10/10
Contributed By Primate Section / Hoof-Stock Section

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