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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Practices
Floating 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.

Floating Feeds

Method Scatter feeds of complete-diet pellets, nuts or seeds thrown into enclosure pools. Apples, dead mice and corn-on-the-cob will also float on the surface, requiring that the animal swim to them to feed.
Species Capybara, Red-breasted Goose, Parrots (for nuts, fruit and seeds), Ducks and other Water Birds (for pellets), Terrapins for apple, mice and sweetcorn.
Purpose Encourage foraging and use of water substrate. Provides animal with natural form of exercise to gain food.
Pro Fast and easy to implement.
Con Pools used for feeding should be cleaned more regularly.
Improvements Throw food into the upwelling caused by aeration pumps, as this causes it to move about confusingly, and takes longer to catch.
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. Dead mice (fed to terrapins), in particular, should be removed when not eaten.
Frequency of Use On Hot Days (Birds), Once per Week (Terrapins).
Ratings Usefulness 5/8
Convenience 10/10
Value For Money 10/9
Range of Users 10/7
Contributed By Bird Section / Reptile Section

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