Better Together: Grubbly Fresh Pecks and Grubblies for a Naturally Balanced Diet for Chickens
by Hailey Dray | 06.03.2020
Can I feed Grubblies in Addition to Layer Feed?
Can I still feed Grubblies snacks on top of the Grubbly Fresh Pecks? The answer is a resounding YES!
Grubbly Fresh Pecks is a complete, nutritionally-balanced diet for chickens that will keep your flock strong, healthy, and happy. Unlike most feeds which use fishmeal or soybean meal, Fresh Pecks uses black soldier fly grubs and plant-based protein that chickens would naturally get in nature.
Healthy Snacks Are Still Appropriate
While it’s very important to ensure that your chickens have a quality well-balanced feed, it’s still appropriate to offer them healthy snacks.
Offering healthy snacks not only helps you bond with your flock in a positive way, but it can also provide them supplemental nutrients and diversity to their diet. Grubblies are a great example of a healthy snack.
Grubblies are oven-dried black soldier fly grubs, packed with nutrients. These are insects that chickens will naturally eat and forage for in nature. Packed with natural protein and amino acids, Grubblies have more than 50 times more calcium than mealworms, which is an important mineral in the formation of eggshells and bone health.
Plus, Grubblies are the only insect in nature to have an optimal calcium-to-phosphorus ratio (3:1). This ratio allows your feather babies to absorb the calcium they need without needing other calcium supplements (like you would with mealworms). They are an eggcellent snacks year-round, especially during molting. Here are some recipes for fun snacks to make using Grubblies.
Treats for Chickens vs. Healthy Snacks
We know you love your chickens and want what’s best for them. While we love to spoil them too, it’s important to remember that spoiling them with the wrong things can harm them.
For us, there’s a difference between treats and healthy snacks (ice cream vs. a handful of raw nuts). We all like ice cream, and we can enjoy some scoops here and there, but all that sugar and dairy isn’t really good for us if we have it frequently or in excess. The same mentality can be applied to your flock.
Rather than giving your chickens treats all the time, switch to a healthy snack that will supplement their diet while helping you lead them back into the coop for something yummy!
Here are some healthy snacks you can offer chickens.
Healthy Snacks for Your Flock
You can also offer the following healthy snacks in moderation due to their high fat and/or sugar content:
Approved to use in Moderation
- Nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts, etc.)
- Sunflower Seeds (whole or hulled)
- Flax seeds
- Pumpkin seeds (whole or hulled)