2020
DOI: 10.3390/ani10040627
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Abstract: This study aimed to determine whether broiler chickens display a preference for Tenebrio molitor larvae (TM) meal by evaluating ingredient acceptability and birds’ performance. Sixty 14-day-old male chickens were assigned into two treatment groups (5 birds/pen, n = 6) in a cafeteria-type study: the control (C) group, and the TM group. Each pen was equipped with one bell drinker and four through feeders allocated side by side; all feeders of the C group contained a complete standard diet whereas each feeder of … Show more

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“…This matches observations of Cullere et al [ 43 ], who observed that quails tended to consume more feed if HI larvae meal was included. A similar behaviour was also observed by Nascimento et al [ 44 ], determining a preference of broilers towards Tenebrio molitor meal in a cafeteria-type feeding. However, the opposite has previously been observed by Kieronczyk et al [ 27 ], where broilers consumed less feed with higher HI larvae fat inclusion, which nevertheless resulted in a better FCR.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 86%
“…Ballitoc and Sun (2013) pointed out that the addition of insect meal to diets suggest a greater palatability of the diet, reflecting the innate behaviour of birds in a natural environment. Nascimento-Filho et al (2020), demonstrated that after a few days of being offered insect meal in a cafeteria-type study, chickens developed a clear preference for this ingredient compared to the usual feed ingredients, especially extruded semi-whole soybean meal, and also indicated better feed conversion rates.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Insects are considered promising as a sustainable source of nutrients for birds (Barroso et al, 2014;Józefiak et al, 2020;Nascimento-Filho et al, 2020), as they have a high content of proteins and fats (Makkar et al, 2014;Veldkamp et al, 2012) and could replace 25 to 100% of conventional protein ingredients that make up animal feed (Veldkamp et al, 2012). Larvae of T. molitor have an important potential use as a source of protein in the feed of birds.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…A natural behavior of chickens is feeding on different insects throughout their lives [ 9 ]. Therefore, it is very likely that chickens would do well with insect meal as part of their dietary rations [ 10 ]. Insects are claimed to be an alternative and sustainable nutritional source for farm animals, including poultry [ 8 , 11 , 12 ].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Chickens are excellent foragers of insects as these are among their natural feed sources ( Star et al, 2020 ). Feeding experiments indicated that diets containing insects are highly interesting for poultry species ( Moula et al, 2018 ; Nascimento Filho et al, 2020 ; Star et al, 2020 ; Tahamtani et al, 2021 ). The use of whole BSFL as feed for poultry may be particularly important in organic farming and low-input systems (e.g., local farming with less feed processing and transportation), and where insect production could be integrated into production cycles (e.g., insects farming with locally available organic residues as feed substrate) ( Nyakeri et al, 2017 ).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%