I’ll soon be selling some property, in order to begin Free Range chicken farming. It’s a life ambition; mainly because I really despise battery
chicken farming, since out of all the reasons to be cruel to an animal; producing insecticide contaminated,
undeveloped, low quality meat, has got to be the worst?
Even when a cow suffers, at least its death provides well over 100 meals whilst with a chicken it’s more like 3-4; also it’s rare to see a cow
with bites-scratches all over its body, much less one in the same conditions as battery hen.
Which got me thinking: Why should I feed my chickens expensive Soya & Grain?
Surely there’s another way; like feeding them the grubs that constitute about 80% of the bird kingdoms, diet?
So I began Googling “insect farming”…
According to this website… www.new-ag.info...
Raising insects is relatively easy: they require minimal space and have a better conversion (feed to meat) ratio than any other meat. Most
species are also lower in fat and higher in protein (7-21 grams of protein per 100 grams of edible insect) than larger livestock meat (beef, pork and
chicken). They are also an important source of vitamins (in particular, riboflavin and thiamine) and minerals (mostly zinc, copper and
There are about 1,700 edible insect species worldwide but their nutritional benefits are a relatively recent discovery.
So says: laovoices.com...
Turns out there’s been a lot of research done on the matter, but mostly with humans in mind!
Obviously its all well & good speculating about us ordering "a tub of maggots" at say BurgerThing-CrackDonald’s however until CO2-NWO successfully
brings about mass-starvation inside the Western world, I suspect insects (for human consumption) will be strictly for foreign lands (and maybe even
However nobody is really going to care if they’re eating a chicken that was feed on e.g. biscuits, made from dried maggots?
In fact I wouldn’t care if it crew up scavenging directly from animal dung, as chickens have brilliant immune systems and strong stomachs acids.
Best thing would be, if in the consumer could "taste" the healthier meat.
And with grain trading near £200 a tonne…
The savings could be huge.
Thoughts On: Insect Harvesting…
1. Flies: Use a UV light to lure them into an Insectocuter www.insect-o-cutor.com...
collect fly bodies and machine-compress them into a paste,
or dried-biscuit (for storage-export).
2. Maggots: Spread a paste (made from blended food) over a fine plastic net. Introduce flies, who lay eggs over it. Harvest (same) flies after egg
laying. Maggots grow on fine net, and can be washed clean. Maggots can then be introduced to chickens-biscuit machine.
3. Worms: Providing soil (they’re in) isn’t too deep, I’d let chickens do hard work of removing them from soil. All farmer need do is use
leftover’s from fly-maggot production to encourage high worm population.
Insect Food Sources…
1. Garbage: Council’s-States are increasingly demanding that households separate their food waste. I know it’s illegal in the EU to feed this
waste directly to animals (could e.g. cause cannibalism, which caused BSE) however if the waste food was processed by insects digestive systems-bodies
first, and if the insects were treated as a separate product (maybe even cooked first) then surely it would be ok? If not at least the EU doesn’t
govern the whole planet yet!
2. Animal Dung-straw: Flies don’t have much problem living of dung, I’d like to find an insect that eats straw, am sure there is one, but don’t
know its name. Currently our family farm, burns it on a bonfire!
3. Hedge Cuttings: Locusts and other leaf eating species would have a field day.
4. Wood: Turn it wood beattle-or Termites food (not possible in the U.K). Interestingly locusts produce hydrogen, and this could maybe e.g. power a
constant flame. news.nationalgeographic.com...
5. Soil: Whatever is left by these processes could easily be converted into worm food.
Worm Breeding Notes… Vermicomposting
1. Eisenia foetida or Lumbricus rubellas are best types.
2. In ideal conditions these worms eat their own body wait everyday
3. They tend to double in population every month
4. And take one year to mature, so about 0.27% daily growth rate. Plus population increase of 1=2, 2=4 4=8 8=16 16=32 32=64 by 6 months (June)
5. In practice 1lb = 35lb after a year
6. Worms reach sexual maturity in 4-6 weeks, so become grandparents in 3 months
7. Worm castings are toxic, to worms when too high. So feed them in strips, and let them advance.
8. Worm soil neds air, but it musn't freeze either. Ground heat can prevent it.
My idea-notes: Keeping worms confined to a circular soil formation (sitting above a plastic ground sheet) would mean a JCB digger could easily remove
worm casts, and worms for harvesting (before placing removed earth with clean soil, and fresh worm food).
This way both worm numbers, worm density, and soil rotation could remain fairly constant, and therefore be optimised for costs reduction.
No costly machine needed to separate worms, because removed worm infested soil could be given directly to Free Range chickens to scratch &
Chickens would be far happier, and Free Range would be made cheaper.
Overall feeding chickens maggots could reduce-slow the human races, raping, of the Earth for our food purposes.