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Pinkies are the most used frozen insects. If we let birds choose, theyll often prefer this insect. Its a maggot with a soft skin and rather tasty. Pinkies are the larvae of the Green bottle fly. The name pinkies is derived from the English word pink because of their pink colour when they clean themselves before they pupate.
The Green bottle fly (Phaenicia sericata) is a common fly.
The four phases of this insect are: fly egg larva pupa
This fly is known to be about 10 to 14 mm long and can be recognised by its metallic blue-greenish or golden colouring with black marks on the back. The Green bottle fly lives especially as a larva (maggot) from the meat of dead animals.
The flesh eating quality of a larva is also used for people who have bad-healing wounds. Several larvae are put on the skin to eat the rotting flesh (maggot debridement therapy). This is the reason why we dont advice to feed live pinkies to animals. If the larva isn´t dead, she can still cause internal damage in the beak of young birds, such as cropper foration.
Before the pinkies can be processed on our equipment, they have to be perfectly clean or in other words: the food which was used to breed the larva shouldn´t be present anymore in them. This process is naturally performed because; in nature, a larva stops eating when it´s time to pupate. In the end, it all adds up to a perfect timing and organisation.
Due to the boiling and shock freezing process on our equipment, the pinkies are disposed of all bacteria and become virtually sterile. The remaining fraction of bacteria and fungus is well below the standards which apply to human and animal food. This is frequently verified through analysis. The double process makes the pinkies also better digestible for animals.