Feathers Wasted / by Chris Maynard

I made this video thinking about my January 11th blog entry. We eat about 50 billion chickens a year! But we do not eat their feathers. Historically, we have not known what to do with all the chicken feathers. A chicken is about six percent feathers by weight. That is 8-10 billion pounds of feathers a year! Most go to landfills but some are tilled into the soil as a low-grade fertilizer. A friend gave me several 50 pound feed bags full of large shed wing feathers from his crowned cranes. Some, the "B"-grades got "planted" in a garden.