The use of crickets (Gryllus sigillatus) in poultry diets and their antimicrobial potential to defend against necrotic enteritis

The production of chicken requires a large amount of protein, and producers currently use antibiotics to help keep chickens healthy. However, there is a leading trend to reduce the amount of antibiotics used today, and with the growing population there is a need to find alternative protein sources. Insects, like crickets, could be a solution to both of these problems. Crickets have shown antimicrobial capacity and are high in protein, so they maybe able to reduce feed cost, while also reducing the need for antibiotics. This research aims to investigate the potential of this emerging feed ingredient, which will benefit the poultry industry and Canadian consumers.

Faculty Supervisor:

Stephanie Collins


Holly Fisher


Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia


Animal science






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