Turning insects into chicken feed might not sound glamorous, but Overline VC saw this sector of AgTech as needing special consideration and invested $2.9 million in Atlanta-based Grubbly Farms.
The company produces oven-dried black soldier fly grubs that provide backyard flocks with an essential daily source of nutrition, providing their hens with essential protein while giving owners greater health benefits in terms of healthier feathers and stronger eggshells.
Healthy Daily Snack
While chickens require a balanced, nutritionally complete diet from their layer feed and foraging forage, adding healthy snacks now and then may provide them with extra enjoyment and provide needed variety in their diets. Be careful though not to go overboard as too many treats could create an imbalanced diet!
Chickens enjoy eating leafy green vegetables such as kale, which is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. In addition, they enjoy fruit such as apples and strawberries; peaches are particularly delicious treats that contain fiber as well as essential nutrients.
Bugs like black soldier fly grubs and mealworms form an integral part of a chicken’s diet, providing essential protein and amino acid sources necessary to support both laying eggs and feather growth.
Some poultry enthusiasts enjoy adding additional proteins like meat scraps, organs or even fish as treats for their flock. It is wise to limit such supplements though as too much protein can lead to health problems in chickens.
Grown with Love
Grubblies are sustainably grown and oven-dried treats or snacks made of nutritious grains that flocks love, providing extra protein during molting season or winter when chickens need additional supplements in their diets. They make for great treat or snacks!
This premixed treat consists of pumpkin seeds, broccoli florets, sweet potatoes, green peas, sunflower seeds and oats, along with oregano and thyme that serve as natural antibiotics and add flavor.
These oven-dried black soldier fly grubs provide healthy daily snacks for chickens. Packed full of protein and boasting 5% more calcium than mealworms, they help strengthen eggshells. Mixed flock owners especially appreciate these treats; ducks, wild birds, lizards and turtles alike also love eating them!
Chicks Love It!
Grubblies are oven-dried black soldier fly larvae packed with protein, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, lysine and dietary fat for chickens, roosters, ducks, geese, turkeys and quails, as well as being an invaluable nutrient-rich source of nutrition for wild birds and livestock alike.
Chicks naturally learn to forage for food alongside their mother hens in order to build bonds and begin nutrition processes early. In fact, this form of foraging provides a healthier alternative than store-bought mealworm treats which often contain excessive levels of moisture.
Hailey describes that bsf grubs contain 50 times more calcium than mealworms, making them much more effective at providing chicks with essential nutrition for stronger eggshells and thicker yolks. Furthermore, these feeds are grown on recycled food waste so each bag helps save pounds from landfills – one way this feed contributes to protecting our environment; another benefit includes being corn and soy free and boasting organic ingredients like wheat barley peas sesame meal as well as vitamins and supplements for healthier birds!