Organic Feather Meal 12-0-0 5lbs
Total Nitrogen (N)……………….13.0
Feather Meal, like blood meal, contains about 13 percent nitrogen, but it is derived from a different form of protein than blood meal. Keratin, a protein that occurs in hair, hoofs, horns and feathers, is relatively indigestible when fed to animals as protein or introduced to the soil as fertilizer. The structure of keratin is very tight and not easily broken down by soil or gut bacteria. But feather meal is softened with steam so that it is more digestible to both animals and soil organisms. This attribute makes feathers an excellent medium to long-term source of nitrogen.
Once the feather meal begins to release its nitrogen, which is normally within 4-7 days of application, it will release at a steady rate for approximately 3 months where more than 75 percent of all the nitrogen will be utilized by the plant. The remaining nitrogen will release for up to another 3 months.
Single nutrient fertilizers like feather meal are best used in a fertilizer mix to supply plants with the full range of N.P.K. needed. However if soil test advise nitrogen is the only macro nutrient needed then feather meal fertilizer is a good choice.
Light Application: 7 lbs per 1,000 square feet or 1/4 cup per plant
Normal Application: 12 lbs per 1,000 square feet or 1/3 cup per plant
Heavy Application: 25 lbs per 1,000 square feet or 1/2 cu per plant