Insect Booster

Healthy Bird, PO Box 225, Willaston.  S.A.  5118
Ph. 04 1984 9192        ABN 54 112 618 417

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INSECT BOOSTER

Nutrient Enhanced Insect Food

INSECT BOOSTER is a complete diet for insects fed to captive reptiles, animals and birds. Nutrients are incorporated into the insects' body tissue to improve their nutritional value.

About Feeding Insects

Insectivorous species kept in captivity usually lack the diversity and quality of a natural diet in the wild. Feeder insects are often maintained on nutrient-poor substrates (eg bran), which can lead to dietary deficiencies. Insects have no skeletal structure and are therefore a poor source of calcium.

Improving Insect Nutrition

By maintaining the live feeder insects on Insect Booster, the nutritional value of the captive diet is significantly enhanced. This provides a means of supplying essential amino acids, essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6), vitamins, minerals and colour-enhancing carotenoids. Supplying nutritionally improved feeder insects maintained on Insect Booster is more effective than simply “gut-loading” insects raised on inadequate diets. The table below shows the results of clinical trials after feeding Insect Booster for 14 days. 

 

Crickets & Cockroaches

Mealworms

 

Control Diet

Insect Booster

Control Diet

Insect Booster

Calcium   (g/kg)

1.8

11.8

0.2

4.3

Cal/Phos ratio      

0.36

2.31

0.03

1.11

Vitamin A (mg/kg)

0.0

1.1

0.0

0.02

Vitamin E (mg/kg)

9.1

44.8

1.5

15.6

Carotenoids (mg/kg)

3.6

16.1

0.14

0.38

Calcium levels and calcium to phosphorus ratio were significantly improved. This is a more effective method of supplying calcium than dusting insects with calcium powder. The levels of other minerals, vitamins and colour-enhancing carotenoids were also significantly improved.

Directions for Use

For best results, supply insect booster to the feeder insects for at least 14 days prior to feeding animals. Moisture should always be available to insects and can be supplied as a piece of wet sponge, fruit or vegetable.

Adult Insects (crickets & woodies): Supply Insect Booster as a dry powder in a shallow bowl or plate. Insect Booster is a complete diet and does not require other foods to be added.

Juvenile Insects (mealworms & fly pupae): Make a 50:50 mixture of Insect Booster with bran and supply as the substrate in which the pupae live.

Ingredients: Pollard, whey & soy proteins, methionine, vegetable oils, omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals & carotenoids.

Available in 300g, 5kg, 10kg & 20kg packs.

Typical analysis per kg

Total Protein

130g

Retinol

3mg

Total Fat

49g

Cholecalciferol

65mg

Linoleic Acid

160mg

d-a-tocopherol

1600mg

Linolenic Acid

370mg

Niacin

60 mg

EPA

74mg

Pantothenic Acid

60mg

DHA

89mg

Pyridoxine

100mg

Fibre

40g

Phytomenadione

100mg

Calcium

150g

Riboflavin

100mg

Phosphorus

59g

Thiamine

160mg

Magnesium

2g

Folic Acid

2mg

Iron (Fe++)

100mg

Biotin

400mg

Zinc

60mg

Cyanocobalamin

400mg

Manganese

60mg

Total Carotenoid

180mg

Copper

20mg

Lutein

120mg

Iodine

1.4mg

Zeaxanthin

16mg

Selenium

100mg

Astaxanthin

30mg