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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Device
Fruit Spikes

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 Spikes

Method Blunt wooden 3 inch spikes on a wood block suspended from the ceiling. Apples and other fruit are driven onto the spikes and must be worked off by the animal.
Species White-faced Saki, Marmosets and Tamarins, Parrots
Purpose Allows "picking" of fruit - more natural. The spikes can be used as an additional perch by birds.
Pro --
Con Potentially harmful to larger monkeys if they should fall on the unloaded device, so should not be used with them. Some birds will chew the spike as well as the fruit.
Improvements --
Comments In free ranging marmoset enclosure, spikes located in the trees are lowered via a rope.
Frequency of Use Daily
Ratings Usefulness 10/8
Convenience 10/8
Value For Money 10/7
Range of Users 5/6
Contributed By Primate Section / Bird Section

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