To feed the mature larvae alive to the poultry:
- Improving gut health in poultry / more disease resistance> poultry lives longer
- Broilers fed with BSF larvae grow faster than the other broilers
- Because they live longer, there are more eggs per laying hen
- Less medication needed, because the lauric acid from the fat of the BSF larvae acts as a probiotic. Reduces the need for antibiotics
- Composition of poultry compound feed does not need to contain as much soy as the larvae are rich in proteins. The dependence on soy reduces.
Healthier foraging behavior:
- Less dropout, because they no longer peck each other.
- Improving animal welfare because they now also receive animal protein.
- If the larvae are cheaper than the price of conventional poultry compound feed.
- Due to the circular working method, procurement by supermarkets may pay a higher price per egg and a higher price per broiler.
- By selling the frass.
The following scientific publications provide more information about this:
- Insects as sustainable feed
- Nutritional value of the BSF
- Meat quality of chicken when fed with BSF
- Insects – a protein rich feed ingredient in pig and poultry diets
- Insects for turkeys
Click for further information: What is required at the start of automated insect farming for poultry?