Records the ID and time of food consumption of individual members in a group.
- Records food (pellet) intake by individual members of a group 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
- Uses a basic PC computer, AVID microchip ID reader, any AVID and fecava
coded microchips, and a simple Visual Basic program.
- Computer is controlled remotely by VNC software.
This technology consists of a computer-controlled pellet dispenser with a
microchip reader. An AVID 6" ring antenna is located directly in front of the
dispenser opening and scans the ID of individual members of a group that reach
into the pellet dispenser cup. Microchips must be embedded into the forearms of
each animal in order to allow identification of an individual in a group.
As the monkey's hand reaches under the ring antenna, a single pellet drops
into a custom made cup through a clear polypropylene tube. A computer records
the ID of the individual and outputs a log of ID numbers and the time they were
recorded using a basic software program. The computer can be controlled remotely
using VNC software.
This technology has been developed and is in use.