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feather meal

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sinde, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. sinde

    sinde Out Of The Brooder

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    hello everyone. can u guys help me understand how to make feather meal. i want to make use of the feathers to add to my chicken feeds.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    FWIW….I had never heard of this until I saw your question. I googled it and found a Wiki page on feather meal that gives good information. It says it is high in nitrogen and is used as a soil amendment or nitrogen supplement for ruminants (cows, sheep, goats etc.) but it did not mention it as a food supplement for poultry. I am surprised as I would have expected it to be a protein supplement vs. nitrogen.
     
  3. HomesteadDucks

    HomesteadDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't buy feather meal. You never know what they fed those birds. But making your own would be just fine. From the looks of it, just grind the feathers to a consistency you're ok with using, then dry it out. Fairly simple. You can use in in the garden but I've even heard of people adding it back into their feed. But that's controversial. Some people don't think you should feed the chickens what came from them.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2015

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