Unfortunately for our UK wild birds, natural sources of calcium are becoming harder and harder to find. With the heavy use of pesticides in agriculture and the reduction of wild land, birds are finding healthy calcium sources few and far between.
But luckily for our garden visitors, Calci Worms are here to help!
What are Calci Worms?
Calci Worms are the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens). They typically have up to 50 times the amount of calcium than other insects or worms and are suitable to feed to a wide variety of birds, insects, and mammals. They’re also particularly popular as a source of calcium and protein for fish!
The high calcium content offers wild birds a variety of healthy benefits such as:
Good bone strength in growing and adult birds. Bone breakages are a leading cause of fatalities in wild birds so strong bones help to reduce this risk.
Birds with a healthy calcium intake are likely to lay more eggs. This is true for a wide variety of native birds but in particular woodpeckers, tits and wrens.
Helps in the development of strong eggshells. A sturdy eggshell can provide developing chicks protection from disease as well as healthy hatching and sturdy, rapid bone growth.