This may sound crazy, but I also breed fancy guppies and use a high quality flake food of 48% protein to increase the protein content of my feed. The quail love it and its easy to crush and mix with the feed.
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I don't want to deal with grinding cat feed.
I also considered growing earth worms in compost.
Meal worms are easy to grow. A couple of dollars worth of live meal worms can be easily setup and producing tons of offspring in a month.
I would avoid most commercial cat foods. Most are really junk.
If you want to stay organic, for sure you will avoid commercial cat food!
Grow meal worms and if concerned about organic, feed them organically. Dried ones are available and the birds love them. But not organically grown for sure.
Based on what criteria, do you measure "junk"?
A lot and I mean a lot has happened in the pet food industry in the last 20 years or so... I'll argue all day that there are premium commercial cat foods that are of excellent quality and equal in quality to any commercial bird food you might be feeding already... Sure most of the big name ones sold for cheap are questionable many times but there is no shortage of excellent ones out there as well...
Why can't one just buy a certified organic cat food?
My suggestion for cat food was based on ease, cost and keeping a decent nutritional profile... There is a lot less hassle, time and effort to grind a bag of cat food and mix it with your existing bird food then raising larvae, plus you get more maintain a more balanced nutritional profile...
Edited by MeepBeep - 5/12/16 at 1:02am
I tried the hard boiled eggs...what I got was a stinky stomped on mess that put me off deviled eggs for a while.....it is very very challenging to find the right food in a small town....but I just discovered that my local feed store can order for me, if they do it with the regular order there's no extra charge, There's a gamebird food (sorry can't remember the brand) with a 24% protein, which works for me because Iike to handfeed mealsworms as a treat in the evenings. If anyone is living in a rural area, could be worth asking, even if it's not something they usually stock. Good Luck!