Chicken feather meal is the leftover glop from processing. It’s used for fertilizer and animal feed and is 12% fat. That fat can be used to make biodiesel.
The process is touted as being environmentally friendly and would extract the fat from chicken feather meal using boiling water. Researchers say that removal of the fat content from feather meal makes for both a higher-grade animal feed and a better nitrogen source for fertilizer.
A staggering 11 billion pounds of chicken feather meal is created each year, which could produce up to 153 millions gallons of biodiesel a year. Maybe processing plants could burn their own biodiesel to create electricity. They’d certainly have another income stream too.