Our live and processed insects, Soya Musca™ and some of the packaged Skipio’s™ cage bird foods have been successfully used for more than a decade in solutions to wildlife rehabilitation challenges.
The live Musca domestica larvae and pupae have been particularly useful in rearing orphan baby birds. The larvae are soft bodied, active and highly digestible. While these larvae are the least costly on the market by weight the high cost of required shipping, via overnight only, raises the cost significantly. The shelf life upon arrival is two weeks so the largest useful order is recommended. Live Musca domestica pupae are the cocoon or metamorphosis of the insect. Nutritionally this stage of the insect has many advantages. See What is Musca domestica and the Analytical section for details. The pupae are an economical live food. They ship well via ordinary mail and can easily be kept for several weeks. Many animals recognize them as food and will eat the pupae. For the first several hours after emergence the new fly is incapable of flight as the wings expand and the body hardens. In that period, the insect is a great walking prey animal both nutritionally and or training.
Our dehydrated insect products can be used as stand alone nutrients or combined with other ingredients. These insects are palatable and highly digestible and the preservation process has been designed to retain as much of the nutrient benefit as possible. Normal shelf storage is good for at least a year while storing frozen will considerably extend shelf life.
Skipio’s™ insect augmented packaged mixes are composed of a variety of natural ingredients. Of these Soya Musca™ is the easiest to use and has a long history of wildlife rehabilitation use. Please refer to the information in the Products section.