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Living together, feeding apart: how to measure individual food consumption in social house mice.


Neuhäusser-Wespy, F; König, B (2000). Living together, feeding apart: how to measure individual food consumption in social house mice. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 32(1):169-172.

Abstract

In many studies with animals kept in groups, scientists need information about each individual's food access without disturbance or separation of the animals. We developed an automatic feeding device that allows measurement of individual food consumption and experimental manipulation of individual food availability in small social mammals, such as house mice. The feeding device is based on radio frequency identification that triggers access to a motor-driven metal arm filled with food pellets and is mediated with the help of subcutaneously implanted transponders.

In many studies with animals kept in groups, scientists need information about each individual's food access without disturbance or separation of the animals. We developed an automatic feeding device that allows measurement of individual food consumption and experimental manipulation of individual food availability in small social mammals, such as house mice. The feeding device is based on radio frequency identification that triggers access to a motor-driven metal arm filled with food pellets and is mediated with the help of subcutaneously implanted transponders.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2000
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:15
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:14
Publisher:Psychonomic Society
ISSN:0743-3808
Publisher DOI:10.3758/BF03200798
PubMed ID:10758674

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