Q) How often should I offer treats to my chickens?
A) Treats can be offered to chickens and other poultry on a daily basis but should be limited to less than 10% of your flocks diet. Make sure your flock has access to plenty of fresh water and grit.
Q) Are there benefits to feeding treats to my flock?
A) Absolutely! Treats, like scratch, provide your flock with supplemental food to forage for especially in areas where birds have a limited area to forage in. Treats also serve as an important energy source to help keep birds warm during winter so it may be a good idea to offer treats just before your flock returns to the coop at night.
Mealworms offer molting birds an excellent source of protein and Boonworms provide protein plus an extra calcium source for your egg laying hens. Because it’s easier to get your flock close to you when offering treats, use this time to visually examine your birds for an evaluation of their current health. Check for missing feathers, cuts and abrasions, comb coloration, and energy levels to catch early signs of potential health issues.
Q) How are Pecking Order treats different from poultry feed?
A) We have always focused on providing nutrition through natural, whole ingredients. Our goal is to emulate in our treats, as much as possible, what chickens would naturally forage for to supplement their diet. Natural ingredients like black oil sunflower seeds, corn, oats, peanuts, raisins, and dried mealworms are what you will find in Pecking Oder products. However, we support and encourage making a well balanced and scientifically formulated poultry feed the main part of your flocks diet.
Q) What’s the difference between mealworms and Boonworms™?f
A) Mealworms and Boonworms™ are both harvested at the larvae stage during the lifecycle of an insect. Mealworms are larvae that developed from darkling beetle eggs and boonworms are larvae that developed from black soldier fly eggs. While both mealworms and Boonworms™ are high in protein, one very important characteristic that separates boonworms from mealworms is that Boonworms™ are also a great source of calcium for poultry.
Q) What is a black soldier fly?
A) Black soldier flies are known as one of the most beneficial insects on earth for the variety of ways it contributes positively to our environment and food concerns. They are a non-pest species that don’t eat, bite, or sting, and live less than two weeks giving them only enough time to reproduce. The larvae that are produced from the black soldier fly are the real heroes in the world’s efforts to find more eco-friendly ways to deal with post-consumer waste management, alternative protein sources in aquaculture, and of course providing poultry with a great calcium rich treat. Click here for more information
Q) Where can I purchase Pecking Order products?
A) Great question and we're glad you asked! Please check with your local feed and farm store for availability or shop online. If you prefer to shop for Pecking Order at your local feed, farm, or pet store, ask the store manager or store owner to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800-437-5539.
Q) Where are Pecking Order treats from?
A) All seeds and grains used in Pecking Order treats such as black oil sunflower seeds, flax seed, peanuts, and corn are grown right here in the United States, dried insects are sourced from China. However, all ingredients are carefully examined, tested, and packaged in one of our two processing facilities (Fargo, ND and Lubbock, TX) to help ensure the quality of every Pecking Order product. We have obtained SQF (safe quality food) certification which is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
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