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Termites as poultry feed

Backyard poultry farmers in India practice the method of feeding termites to feed poultry birds.

The practice has been documented by late Dr. Mariadass, a Tiruchi (Tamil Nadu) based veterinary doctor.
 
Farmers fill a mud pot with old jute sacks, paddy straw, maize husk or any available dried crop stubble and dried cow dung . This has to be moistened with water and the pot placed upside down in the field.
 
If the inverted pot is opened the next day it will be full of termites and can be given as feed for the birds.
Feeding termites has been found to improve nutrition in poultry birds.

Dick Ziggers

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