The number of studies examining the use of BSF as a feed replacement for poultry and other livestock has been increasing annually. This is good news as more work is needed to determine the appropriate inclusion rate of BSF meal as a replacement of soy, corn, and other plant/animal (fishmeal) ingredients.
This study examined the including of 5 or 7.5% BSF meal in the diet (ad libitum) of egg-producing chickens. The results for egg quality were positive as related to shell thickness, egg shell breaking strength, and yolk color. So, there are benefits for egg production; however, the feed conversion rates were not as good as the control diet (without BSF meal).
You can access the paper at:
Mwaniki, Z., M. Neijat, and E. Kiarie. 2018. Egg production and quality responses of adding up to 7.5% defatted black soldier fly larvae meal in a corn–soybean meal diet fed to Shaver White Leghorns from wk 19 to 27 of age. Poultry Sci: pey118-pey118.
Jeffery K. Tomberlin, PhD, Supporter of BSF as a feed replacement of poultry
Individuals with over 25 years research experience with the black soldier fly. We are passionate about the science behind the black soldier fly and its ability to convert waste to protein.
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