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12 MAY 2020

ABOUT THE BIRDS & THE INSECTS

For millions of years, chickens and their ancestors roamed the jungles and forests in search of nutritious food. Sought after for their nutrients, the love for insect treats remains deeply rooted in our modern farmed birds.

Better Origin have worked with leading universities to understand how feeding locally grown insects impacts farmed broiler and laying hen performance, nutrition, health and welfare. Integrating our insect mini-farms equips farmers and producers with a natural way of boosting productivity, improving feed conversion rates, support overall health and welfare – while at the same time supporting more sustainable and circular farming practices and reducing costs. Choose a better future for your chickens and hens, choose Better Origin.

BOOSTING ANIMAL WELFARE NATURALLY

  • Hens want to eat insects. They love to eat insects. It makes them happy. You can hear it by the hens becoming very loud – and joining in chorus when fed insects.
  • Over time, insect fed hens become friendlier towards other hens and farmers, and express more natural and less stressed behavior within the flock.
  • Insect fed hens spend more time foraging – which is the natural behaviour of a hen seeking out food in her habitat. Intensively farmed birds sometimes don’t perform these behaviours, which can take a toll on bird health and the social cohesion of a flock.

KEEPING HENS HEALTHY

  • Better Origin’s live larvae are enriched with probiotic potential (friendly microbes and good fibre from insect shells). This natural way of feeding beneficially affects chicken gut health, and reduces risks of gut-linked disease risk by fostering a better and more diverse microbiome.
  • Our hens are also more active, always looking for things to forage, which reflects in better overall foot health.
  • Raw black soldier fly larvae are rich in antimicrobial fats (lauric acid) and antimicrobial compounds.
  • By fostering better flock health with prophylactic measures (gut health, overall health), we are doing our bit in helping fight antimicrobial resistance by further reducing the need for veterinary interventions.

SUPPLEMENTING DIETS WITH LOCALLY FARMED NUTRIENTS

  • Locally upcycled organic matter creates locally farmed protein.
  • Insect protein is very high quality – especially so if fed unprocessed and in a highly digestible form. It contains all essential amino acids.
  • Insect fats are a good source of energy, and are rich in beneficial fatty acids with known antimicrobial properties, improving gut health.
  • Alleviate your reliance on global imports, become capable of supporting your animals with local and domestic inputs. Our mini-farms can convert organic matter (wastes and low cost abundant ones) into quality nutrients.