If you let your flock wander the yard, they’ll naturally scratch and peck the ground for insects and plants. When chickens dig up our gardens, they are looking for insects and grubs. Chances are, they won’t go swimming for fish.
Conventional feeds add fish, soy, and fillers to provide the protein and essential amino acids found in insects.
With insect-based layer feed, backyard chicken owners can give their flock a natural feed they love, packed grub protein, along with nourishing plant-based ingredients. Just like chickens would get in nature.
The fishmeal used in conventional feeds is generally manufactured from wild-caught small marine fish deemed not suitable for human consumption. The fishmeal also includes other fish and seafood collected accidentally and byproducts of processing fish (like waste and offal).
Forage fish are vital to healthy oceans, yet they’re churned into fishmeal as a key source of protein in chicken feed, which is mass-produced and labeled as “natural”.
Nearly 10% of the ocean’s catch is ground up into fishmeal to feed pets and livestock, causing devastating effects further up the food chain.
While soybean meal (an alternative protein to fishmeal) is a good source of plant protein, much of what is used in conventional feeds often come from GMO sources.
The production of soybean meal also contributes greatly to environmental and social degradation problems in the Amazon and other parts of the world, where many forests are cleared for the harvesting of soybeans.