Feather Meal is one of the highest percentage sources of natural organic Nitrogen, which is essential for plant vegetative growth. Feather Meal breaks down more slowly in soil than Blood Meal, resulting in a natural slow release. Because Feather Meal is a potent source of Nitrogen, caution should be taken in its use as it is possible to burn your plants if over-applied, however the natural slow release characteristics of Feather Meal mitigate this risk compared to Blood Meal.
WHAT IS IT AND WHERE IS IT FROM?
Feather Meal is a by-product of animal agriculture, primarily from chickens. Feathers collected from slaughterhouses is hydrolyzed1, sterilized, and dried with no other additives or processes. Frankia sources pure Feather Meal derived from the Alberta poultry industry.
Most Feather Meal is used in animal feed products, when its used as organic fertilizer it is diverted into the soil where its nutrients are broken down and absorbed by plants and the soil food web, rather than being fed back to animals. If you prefer to avoid animal by-products, locally sourced compost or plant meals such as Alfalfa Meal, Soybean Meal, Cottonseed Meal, or Neem Meal are good alternative sources of Nitrogen.
1Hydrolysis is the use of steam to break protein chains into smaller chains and individual amino acids
INGREDIENTS: 100% hydrolyzed Feather Meal
$11.95 – $64.95
Total Nitrogen (N): 13.0%
Water Insoluble Nitrogen: 13.0%
Water Soluble Nitrogen: 0.0%
Canada’s Organic Production Systems Permitted Substances List (CAN/CGSB 32.311-2015) lists Feather Meal without additional stipulations.
Frankia Feather Meal is sterilized at 140 degrees Celsius for one hour and is compliant with certified organic crop production standards.
Gently mix into top 5cm (2”) of soil.
In the garden: Up to 15kg per 300m2 (33lbs per 3000ft2). Apply up to four times per year.
Top dressing: 5-10ml (1-2tsp) per plant, or 5ml per 4L (1tsp per gal) of soil, up to once per month.
Premixing soil: 5-10ml per 4L (1-2tsp per gal) of soil. For larger volume soil mixing add up to 1.5kg (3lbs) per cubic yard of soil.
Weight to volume conversion: Feather Meal has a specific gravity of approximately 0.65.