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Bill vs. Feathermeal.....

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Organic a go go, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. Organic a go go

    Organic a go go LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    With toungue firmly in cheek I thougt I'd pick up from the Scott's thread and see if I could learn some more from you guys on this feathermeal issue.

    Bill, I have you firmly marked down as "not a fan". But as is often the case I don't understand why. It appeals to me beacause A. its a protein, and B. its makes a by-product useful. Now Im sure you're going to tell me that they'd grind it up and feed it back to the chickens if it weren't in my fertilizer but that can't be the source of your ire. You hate this stuff. How come??
    Edify me.
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    AH HAH!! a challenge, aun gard, saddle my horse, get my armor out of moth balls LOL

    you folks on here already know I don't "hate" anything. I will however call things as I see them. My perspective, my opinion.

    I do appreciate the fact that, this is in fact a sustainable practice, The issue is with the process. Feathers believe it or not have N of something around 15 percent

    Let me build my case

    Feathers are made of keratin, the same tough, tightly wound protein fiber that makes up hair, wool, fingernails, and hooves.

    Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 108, Number 8, August 2000
    Keratin is hardy enough that feathers, unlike cloth, are often found nearly intact at archaeological sites. Their tough, fibrous structure is poorly digested by most protein-degrading enzymes

    Feather meal is produced by a high-pressure steam processing method similar to autoclaving.


    P.S. are you aware of the steroids and growth hormones fed to chickens.... how does that effect me...stand by for the next issue of Bill vs feathermeal

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