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The Benefits of Insect-based Chicken Feed

by Alexa Lehr | 03.30.2020
The Benefits of Insect-based Chicken Feed

Now that you know some of the strange truths about commercial layer feed, you’ll love learning about the benefits of fueling your flock the way nature intended.

Grubbly Fresh Pecks is the world’s first naturally balanced feed, made with nutrient-rich black soldier fly grubs and wholesome plant-based ingredients.

Chickens Naturally Forage for Insects, Not Fish!

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.

Choose Grubs- Not Fish or Soy!

Grubbly Layer Feed uses farm-grown, sustainably harvested black soldier fly grubs as a key source of protein. Never fish or soy. In other words, the protein used is just as natural and healthy for your flock as it is kind to our planet.

Grubbly's grubs are harvested on FDA-approved grub farms around the world, and fed diet of pre-consumer food waste including fruits, vegetables, and grains.

The rise of grub protein in pet food will not only provide relief to our oceans, it will also combat our global food waste issue.

An estimated 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally each year (and growing). In the USA alone, over 52 millions tons of food is wasted every year before ever reaching the end consumer.

Rather than sending the food waste to a landfill, the grubs gobble up the food (ultimately recycling the food into organic matter).

Rather than hurting the planet (like fishmeal and soy), grub protein makes a positive environmental impact! They help reduce food waste from landfills, while also reducing the amount of chickens that are consuming fish-based feeds (that are hurting our oceans).

With Grub-based layer feed (that does not contain soy and fishmeal), your flock can stay happily nourished while keeping our planet healthy too.

Taste and See the Difference

When you replace your fishy feeds with fresh, sweet-smelling grub-based feed, you have to wonder… how will this affect the taste of my eggs?  

It’s a difference you’ll see and taste.

Healthier Eggs for Your Family

Grubbly Layer Feed provides laying hens with a healthier diet than conventional feed with an optimal balance of nutrients for thicker eggshells and better egg production.

With nutrient-dense gifts from the earth - like farm-grown grubs and fresh marigold, you’ll notice brighter, creamier, and tastier yolks, and resulting in a healthier egg for your family.


Strong, Beautiful Feathers

Grubbly Layer Feed is also packed with protein and essential amino acids necessary for the production of healthy, shiny feathers.

To keep your flock healthy when molting, you’ll need to provide extra protein to help them regrow their feathers. Rather than switching feeds, you can provide some extra protein-packed grubs to supplement their diet during their little rough patch.

Nutrition the Way Nature Intended

In addition to the proteins, essential amino acids and nutrients your chickens will get from black soldier fly grubs, Grubbly Fresh Pecks uses premium plant-based ingredients that play a key role in the health of your chickens:


Grubbly Fresh Pecks Gives Love to the Planet

Every time you nourish your flock with Grubbly Fresh Pecks, you’re showing love to our planet too!

Grubbly's black soldier fly grubs are sustainably harvested and packed with protein. Not only are they a superfood for chickens, they're also a superhero for the planet.  

With Fresh Pecks, our chickens can return to their roots with ingredients they naturally love. Together, we can ditch the soy, fish, and fillers to keep our feathered families happily nourished with grubs and plants, the way nature intended.

Alexa Lehr

Alexa Lehr

Alexa grew up raising, showing, and caring for poultry. Her passion for poultry grew into her current small farm business, the Black Feather Farm, where she breeds rare and heritage chicken breeds. She uses her vast experience to improve the lives of chickens and educate Grubbly readers as well as readers on her own blog, The Pioneer Chicks.

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