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Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 19:45
Do any of you use these for your birds? My local pet store has just started stocking them. Supposed to be pretty good as a food item but that's info from a place trying to sell them. Would rather hear from the end user especially as they are black soldier fly pupae rather than maggot. Not in a position to farm my own maggots. I have mealworms on the go but they aren't the best choice so I'm looking for alternatives.
Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 19:59
I used to keep a bearded dragon for 8 years, and in that time looking for different live foods, I have heard people using them, and I personally have used black soldier fly pupae to the bearded dragon, but I found they went mouldy and died too quickly (even when I kept them in the right conditions and removed any dead ones), and from what I can remember, I think they would be too large for finches, and they don't move around at all, and by the looks of them I would personally think Finches would think not much of them.
Because of the mould and the ways they are tended to be cultivated in, I would think they are too risky to give to finches regarding fungal infections and the risks of parasite infestations, but in the end its your choice
Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 20:25
I think the main birds which would show interest in them would be softbills, buttonquail, etc. Most of the smaller finches would struggle to eat them & my guess is that most wouldn't even try.
Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 20:51
Quails would clean them up easily, but as myself and Tiaris have mentioned, there would be not much point for finches
Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 20:57
Quails eat anything you give them, as long as it’s raw meat. My friend gives them mince as a cheap substitute (along with maggots and fruit flies).
Posted: 28 Aug 2019, 07:34
Ah well back to looking for alternatives for the finches. Figured my quail would do fine with them as they eat everything else but no point if the finches won't have a bar of them.
Posted: 28 Aug 2019, 08:06
Yeah, I don't think the smaller finches will eat them (might work for softbills). In my opinion just stick to other livefoods.