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Grub's up: why maggot meals are a hit on one UK chicken farm

14.10.2020
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Birds greet their food with 'scratch dances' and productivity is up. Could insects be an alternative to deforestation-linked soy?Photography by Anthony CullenIt's 10am and the hens are getting excited and bustling around. Jo and Charles Mear are approaching the hutches carrying blue crates and the birds, heads popping up, know what's inside: black soldier fly larvae or maggots.Watching chickens peck around for maggots should be utterly normal. Insects are a natural part of a bird's diet, but most hens today never see one in their lifetime. Instead, they are kept indoors and fed a grain- and soy-rich diet, typically in the form of pellets. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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