Not every dog can eat a raw prey model diet, or a homemade diet, or a high quality kibble. For pet foods in the U.S., ‘feather meal’ has no official definition (yet), a similar ingredient that is AAFCO defined is “Hydrolyzed Poultry Feathers”. Feathers represent 3-7% weight of the … Feather meal is used in formulated animal feed and in organic fertilizer. Feather meal Animal byproduct obtained by hydrolysing, drying and grinding poultry feathers. I highly doubt there are many people out there that would have sunk the time and money into a “stray” like we did. I do not work for the company, nor receive any compensation for recommending their products. Feather meal is a byproduct of processing poultry; it is made from poultry feathers by partially grinding them under elevated heat and pressure, and then grinding and drying. That’s not an optimal diet in any way, but it eliminates so many other dietary variables, that it allows the pet to come back to status quo. You must think so highly of yourself to try and act like I am some idiot while you are trying to educate me. That is about the only thing that I can think that would work for her. You can add cooked liver crumbles. Grinded up or not. Feather Meal was 25.00 higher from 470.00-485.00 per ton. The hydrolyzing (to ME), would tend to indicate high temperature processing, which *could* significantly reduce the quality of the protein itself. Association for Truth in Pet Food Just like you have to wonder what’s in the feed given the chicken or beef in your dog’s diet. So I guess I should have just continued to feed my dog raw even though she was still scratching her skin off? Scampers Pet Food in the UK alerted me of Big Pet Food veterinarians talking up the benefits of feather meal. I’ll be making my dog her food for now on. A pet food made solely out of bird feathers would be extremely unnatural and unhealthy…no way around it. My vet tried telling us to feed the HP diet and when I found out it contained a preservative commonly used to make rubber tires I decided to do the right thing and say NO! Please don’t take offense. Skagit County … It doesn’t work for everyone! Another thought. Chicken feathers are just a (currently) fairly useless byproduct of the chicken industry. Feathers are rich in protein content called keratin and constitute 7% weight of the live bird, therefore producing a considerable mass which can be converted to valuable meal. Best titled post ever! As long as the official view is: it is safe until proven unsafe I suspect it will end up in pet food with a name we wont recognize as ground up waste. Figure out if your pet can eat egg (at least the white). Nature Safe® feather meal (13-0-0) is derived from poultry processing. I’ve never seen a more robust and beautifully coated dog! A 2012 study found that the use of feather meal may contribute to arsenic exposure in humans. How do you miss that there’s a feather? Add to the global push of feather meal, then I find an new article in Forbes magazine pitching the wonders of this new pet food ingredient. I encourage you to follow up through their website and to call their helpline number. Brittany – you have your opinion of this ingredient based on a very particular need for your pet. Also, on another note, not every family that feeds a “substandard” food does so because of the pretty bags and “pitches”. Brace yourself, feather meal might be coming to a pet food near you very soon. Poultry "feather meal" as another source of antibiotics in feed", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Feather_meal&oldid=983084554, Articles needing additional references from September 2007, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles needing clarification from June 2016, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 04:24. There’s no way! Maybe they should feed the feathers to the worms. It has greatly improved their temperment, especially the 14 yr. old. This article offends me. It is not the protein SOURCE that concerns me, as much as the PROCESSING and resulting protein QUALITY. Sale price. I’m a consumer and in the trade. Brace yourself, feather meal might be coming to a pet food near you very soon. Just sayin’. The HP food and steroids actually caused my friend’s dog to have liver problems. It simply isn’t appropriate to assert that consumption of feather meal is safe or nutritious for the lifetime of a dog (or cat) without adequate research. Contamination can occur during production of these meals, … It has been over a year, maybe two years. I was filling my dog’s bowl up about 10 minutes ago and found what I’m assuming is a dried up feather. Expands Recall of Pet Food Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin, Real Pet Food Company Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food, Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Dog Food Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin. Although total … The whole point is not to argue or take offense – it is to learn – all of us learn, myself included. It can be used to: When adding it to a garden as a nitrogen source, it must be blended into the soil to start the decomposition to make the nitrogenous compounds available to the plants. Quantity Discounts for Feather Meal 12.8-0-0 (50 Lb) Buy … The nitrogen in Feather Meal comes from the protein keratin, … Feathers are a source of fiber for dogs. They had the Bird Flu , what did they do with All the feathers ? The feathers are cooked and sterilized under intense heat using steam pressure cookers before being dried … That’s horrible. The PetFoodIndustry.com trade publication said “The quantity of protein required by pets depends on their lifestyle and life stage.”  But what about protein quality? Nature Safe’s 13-0-0 All Natural Fertilizer is a high nitrogen product derived from feather meal, meat meal, and blood meal. They are healthier, more vibrant, more active and have already lived longer than their kibble fed counterparts! . Feather Meal, like blood meal, contains about 13 percent nitrogen, but it is derived from a different form of protein than blood meal. As I said, we even had her on a vegetarian food (poor thing), that cleared her skin up but she had nothing but constant loose stool and gas! Surprisingly, they are a high fat/high protein food source. Once feather meal is added to your soil, the microorganisms within your soil – bacteria, nematodes, fungi – all have roles in breaking down into forms of nitrogen that are bioavailable for your … Keratin, a protein that occurs in hair, hoofs, horns and feathers, is relatively … I do know what I’m talking about, I haven’t fallen for some “pitch”. It is partially hydrolyzed under high heat and pressure, and then ground up. Feathers? How is mixing with water supposed to change the crude protein into digestible protein? Thanks for the heads up Susan. Yellow grease was not available per cwt. I don’t feed my dog any chicken or turkey pet foods or treats. However is more likely to introduce dirt to the mixture also. Chickens on factory farms are routinely fed chicken feed that contains arsenic. Thousands of dollars spent on specialists, naturalists and on every slight chance of hope I could find, just to improve his situation. Worm meal would be more digestible than feathers. The most important poultry by-product at a rendering plant is FM. Feather meal is made from the ground feathers of birds such as chickens raised for consumption. Punky is a white pitbull who is also deaf in one ear and blind in one eye. I do consider the “WOW a feather, real chicken.” aspect of it but I also think of “What the heck is wrong with these people? Mine wouldn’t. Did you know that all pet food ingredients have a separate definition than the same ingredient in human food? I hope not. Feathers were not made to be edible. It appears that these companies have realized that there are many Americans who will believe anything if the information is presented to them by someone that they consider to be informed on the subject. It can be used to replace a significant portion of other protein sources in livestock and aquaculture diets. Hi Brittany – It’s a year later and I have a 14-year-old chihuahua who has been fairly miserable the last few years from digestive issues. By the way I have a lab with extremely severe allergies and guess what her real problem was? What goes around comes around. $39.99 Sale. I’m torn. Your email address will not be published. The dog that can’t eat meat of most normal sources might be able to eat those same meats if the chicken, beef, etc. That may not be true, but at least they don’t have to pay for disposal in landfills, etc. No, but when i have some person telling me I am just falling for a “pitch” and I should “further educate myself” when I made it perfectly clear that my pet had no other options, that is uncalled for. Indications. I’ve caught my dogs eating worms. He’s had a $1500 pancreatitis bout, that will reoccur if fed fat. Then they have to ADD flavorings to make it palletable for the pet? Egads!!! It is actually more expensive for these companies to process these feathers into a hydrolyzed protein. So gross and fundamentally against everything I stand for! The pitch to consumers and veterinarians has begun. Click Here, Cooking for pets made easy, Dinner PAWsible, Find Healthy Pet Foods in Your Area Click Here. I don’t mind the worms so much. They get plucked or torn out and left. www.PetsumerReport.com, 2013 List Click Here. He used to be able to eat Orijen’s original formula 70/30 but not when they changed it to 80/20. Eventually you can add a pet supplement (Udo’s Pet Essentials is based on organic whole food compounds) so you know your dog won’t be missing anything in the diet. So in terms of feather meal being in pet food now. … Petsumer Report tells the ‘rest of the story’ on over 2500 cat foods, dog foods,  and pet treats. I tried some kibble made with worm meal once – it tasted very good. And with all that processing how then will it be cost effective? It doesn’t matter what animal (dog, cat, eagle, coyote, rodent, I could go on) eats a chicken, they DO NOT eat the feathers. It is a pelletized, semi-slow release organic nitrogen source that supplies nitrogen for up to three months. Many long years ago I used to buy 50# sacks of blood, bone and feather meal for my “organic” vetetable garden. My dog is allergic to chicken, fish, red meat excluding kangaroo, which I CAN NOT afford, lamb, and countless environmental triggers, and the list continues. You’d have to wonder though, what’s in the soil the worms are eating? Oh, by the way, how many of the chicken feathers come from China, in addition to American chicken factory farms. Using feathers that have been chemically treated to make them digestible sure doesn’t appeal to me for my pet’s diet. The company found digestibility for feather meal was “comparable to regular poultry meal”. What would you do for this angel of a dog who is finally comfortable? An ideal source of nitrogen for all crops requiring a steady long lasting supply of that element. There is a new pet food ingredient heading our way…feather meal. “Feather meal is perfectly legal, safe, and sustainable, it's just not currently used in the EU due to customer preference,” he said. If your pet has become sick or has died you believe is linked to a pet food, it is important to report the issue to FDA and your State Department of Agriculture. I’m just saying that this article is putting RC on blast for using hydrolyzed protein, when there are dogs like mine out there that benefit from that formula. Is this acceptable to you? She kept cutting the dog’s food back and she wouldn’t lose weight. Down To Earth’s Feather Meal 12-0-0 is derived from hydrolyzed, dried and ground poultry feathers. Nature Safe … In this case, we have to be very careful not to provoke an allergic reaction. You are not smarter than me, I am informed on what my babies eat, and I am also informed on what hydrolyzed protein is, and what it is used for. Worm meal raises the question: what were the worms fed? I promise you, that if you try a home made diet, your dog will improve. What’s the Difference Between Livestock Feed and Pet Food? It is not some “cheap filler”. Unfortunately I know this for a fact owning free range chickens. I work at a vet clinic, and the only time we even prescribe these formulas are when a pet hasn’t responded to any other protein source, i.e. As an organic garden fertilizer, it is not synthetic or petroleum-based. A few days later I heard from Dr. Tanabe in Japan sharing the very same story – feather meal is being pitched as the new best thing in pet food. I’m not happy with the ingredients, but you know what, IT WORKS FOR HER. !” How do you miss that? I say all this, to help the reader above, in part, who’s dog also has very serious dietary issues. Steam some green veggies and fruits (aides digestion) and add a little lactose free (fat free) yogurt or kefir to also aid digestion. Certainly not. [1], Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Waste not, want not? No feathers for mine, thank you very much! The only formulas that contain this “feather meal” are the hydrolyzed protein and hypoallergenic formulas. Click Here to find your State representatives. Drugs can be easily found in human hair long after the body has cleared them. PRECAUTIONS FOR SAFE HANDLING AND USE. I feed my dogs raw WHOLE chickens, feathers, feet, beaks, everything. I recommend this approach NOT to be critical or to be condesending. She has been formally trained in agricultural sciences, and specialized in the dairy cow industry, although she is now only involved with raw goat milk and raw food products. The companies aren’t telling people so someone has to! Get off your high horse. My friend had a Silky Terrier show dog that kept getting fatter and growing a magnificent coat. I wonder if that contaminates the feathers, too. The … Royal Canin admitting it uses FM is new, but this ingredient has been a buzz word in the pet food industry since early 2000. View Label. Once I took her off the steroid prednisone her hair started growing back. Pingback: Newest scary ingredient for pet food- Feather Meal |. What dog or cat would eat a worm?! Then one day realized that all this stuff comes from factory farms. Also, as “label savvy” as we all are, I think we would think twice about feeding something called hydrolyzed protein or feather meal. He will eat grass, and throw up bile, if not fed every morning at the same hour, meaning he has a very acidic stomach. FDA Refuses to Warn the Public to the risks of consuming a Pet Feed or Treat, One email that Questions Everything about AAFCO, FDA Alerts Pet Owners and Veterinarians About Potential for Neurologic Adverse Events with Certain Flea and Tick Products. I do not need to educate myself on what is in her food, because I know what it is. The product is not very … And my poor baby needs some relief. Pet Food Safety Advocate Feather meal. We just know that they won’t be using feathers from organic chicken farms. I think it is important that you duly mention that “The GoldMehl feather meal manufacturer performed a seven day digestibility trial in dogs.” Not much, is it? And I mean it was lodge it there. Do you know what the differences are between Feed Grade and Human Grade pet food? Other than the occasionally gotta stick everything in my mouth dog. Please note we have not certified this feather meal ourselves, but we can provide the necessary information from Tyson rendering plant in Harmony, NC (where the feather meal … Feathers are broken down to an amino acid level and don’t have much of a taste. Nature Safe® feather meal (13-0-0) is derived from poultry processing. Hi Becky. Also VERY high in protein, and eaten in MANY parts of South America, are termites – they boil them and mix them with rice. Feather meal is a byproduct of processing poultry; it is made from poultry feathers by partially grinding them under elevated heat and pressure, and then grinding and drying. This partially hydrolyzes the proteins, which denatures them. If the chicken industry can make a little extra money by selling the feathers to pet food companies and pet food companies could have an unlimited cheap protein source, they’ll all go for it. As if completely changing nature and using chemistry and technology to create yet another Frankenfood is guaranteed limited to the wishful thinking of the creators. As usual humans see what they want to see and deny any possibility of adverse effects of unintended consequences. The pitch to consumers and veterinarians has begun. Bickering between pet food consumers does nothing but hurt us. Feather meal is used as a source of protein for farm animals and as a fertilizer. DTE Feather Meal … Just to clarify, Feather Meal is NOT a ‘new ingredient’. These foods are used as a LAST RESORT when all other feasible options have been exhausted. No it’s not. Nature Safe® Feather … I’m gonna take a picture of it and send an email to the company. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) holds the responsibility of defining all animal food ingredients. But only to suggest that learning about pet nutrition is a VERY evolutionary (and sometimes experimental) experience! He lacks an enzyme to digest it. He was also plagued with skin tags, some which nearly required removal. I actually picked up a bag of ‘hog grower’ pellets just to see what was in it and the 1st ingredient was pork fat. But perhaps you can educate yourself more about what goes into these so called prescription “foods”. Should I be concerned about antibiotic material found in feather meal sold for "organic" gardening? Please let me know how this goes, if you have the time, and remember at a later date to post again, or to reply to my comment. 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