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Insect ingredients boost growth, support healthy eggs and feathers, and provide excellent nutrition for poultry.

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Black soldier fly larvae provide high-performance, sustainable, and natural nutrients for poultry.

Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) ingredients

Insects are an ancient nutrient source that have been part of the animal diet for millennia and are now increasingly recognized as a premium option in terms of quality and sustainability.

 

As a complete protein, BSFL contain essential amino acids, lauric acid, calcium, and prebiotic fiber which improves gut and immune health. Feed studies including insects also show improved palatability and behavioral benefits.

Nutrient Ranges

  • Protein: 43%

  • Fat: 24%

  • Fiber: 8%

  • Moisture: 75%

  • Calcium: 1.3%

  • Phosphorus: 0.8%

Sustainability

BSFL require less land, water, and time to produce while emitting fewer greenhouse gases than industrially produced feed proteins.

Fat (Lauric Fatty Acid)

BSFL have high lauric fatty acid content. Lauric acid has been shown to have natural antimicrobial effects. This is a very unique trait that BSFL fats offer and in future may be part of the solution to limit the amount of antibiotics used in farming.

Birds Love BSFL

To encourage natural feeding behavior simply scatter on the ground.

Support a Circular Economy

BSFL are critical in ecosystems to upcycle low-value biomass back into the food chain, replenishing would-be-wasted nutrients to soils and guts. 

Reduce Antibiotics

Black soldier fly larvae improve immune function in poultry. BSFL have high amounts of anti-microbial peptides (AMPs), which can reduce the need for (and cost of) antibiotics.

Palatability

As a natural part of most animal diets, BSFL make a palatable addition to feed that animals love.

Protein

Protein helps to build as well as restore and repair tissues.

 

Ex) For chickens, this means healthier immune system, stronger feathers, and better egg production (more eggs, larger eggs or both).

Fiber

BSFL fiber content ranges between 3-5% which may be beneficial to the gut flora  microbiome. Strong gut flora with a healthy dose of good bacteria also means stronger immune system.

More Nutritious than Mealworms

Black soldier fly larvae for chickens have 85X more calcium than dried meal worms, 36-42% protein, 25-30% healthy fat, phosphorus, fiber, lysine & dietary fat.

Reduce Houseflies & Other Pests

Insects are a natural and sustainable source of high quality protein for aquaculture.

Nutrition

BSFL improve gut and immune health while providing antioxidants, antipathogenic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

Protein +

BSFL protein ranges from 35%-45% of dried weight. But it’s not all about the quantity of protein - it's also about quality.

The amino acids lysine and methionine are especially known for their positive impact on growth, molting support and better feed efficiency.

Calcium & Phosphorus

Calcium provides a variety of benefits, liking keeping eggshells strong. BSFL have the perfect ratio of Phosphorus to Calcium to ensure optimal Calcium uptake. Phosphorus helps to metabolize or use the Calcium that the chickens eat.

Healthy, Happy Animals

It's not shocking that if you feed animals what they evolved to eat, the outcomes are good. 

Non-Pests

Unlike houseflies, BSFL are not disease carriers and actually eliminate harmful bacteria.

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Insects are a natural part of the diet for many fish species, poultry, swine, wild birds, and even dogs and cats. 

Slow roasted at low temperatures to maximize all protein and fatty acid benefits, these larvae support cognitive function, weight management and palatability.

FEED GRADE / DENSITY: 230g/L

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Our finely ground meal is defatted through extrusion, making for easy inclusion of BSFL for nutritional and palatability benefits

FEED GRADE 

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BSF Oil

Oil extruded from the defatted meal contains medium-chain fatty acids, lauric acid, omega 3 and omega 6. BSFL oil works well as a health-promoting oil for monogastric species like poultry and swine.

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Live BSF Larvae

Live black soldier fly larvae are the most sustainable, natural way to feed poultry, fish, swine, reptiles, exotic birds, and more. With no processing or drying, the full spectrum of bioavailable nutrients are available to animals. Live larvae promote animal health and positive behavior by simulating natural feeding environments. 

FEED GRADE 

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A natural biostimulant, rich in microorganisms, organic matter, and key nutrients. A natural way to decrease the use of chemical fertilizers / pesticides, improve soil structure, and increase nutrient bioavailability.

Mealworms or BSFL? 
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*averages

BSFL are better suited as feed for a variety of reasons:

  • Mealworms are not true worms; rather, they are the larval stage of the darkling beetle 

  • Dried mealworms are approx. 50% protein, 28% fat, and about 6% fiber. 

  • Dried mealworms have low calcium content and an imbalanced calcium / phosphorus ratio. 

BSFL, on the other hand: 

  • Non-invasive, not pests

  • No stingers, no biting

  • The adult BSF only lives for about 4 days to mate and lay eggs. It must acquire all of its nutrition in the larvae/pupae stage

  • They are voracious eaters, able to transform wide varieties of organic materials into premium biomass (while also filtering out and rendering harmless many toxins, pathogens, or heavy metals)

  • BSFL are part of our sustainable future, as many are reared on waste streams. 

  • BSFL have superior protein and calcium profiles. 

  • Chicks fed a diet containing dried black soldier fly larvae as the protein supplement have been shown to gain weight at a rate of almost double those fed on soybean plus fat meal.

Explore:

  • Black soldier fly larvae meal and fat can completely replace soybean cake and oil in diets for laying hens - Science Direct

  • Insect Meal: Good for bird and eggs - All About Feed

  • Black soldier fly larvae in broiler diets improve broiler performance and modulate the immune system - National Library of Medicine

  • An analysis of feeding indigenous poultry with fly larvae - Poultry World

  • Producing Black Soldier Fly Larvae as Supplemental Feed for Small Scale Poultry Farms - Poultry Ponderings

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