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boomacdowe
Aug 3, 2014 6:56 PM CST
This week on a NC based plant & gardening show, Almanac Gardener, they showed a relatively new fertilizer made from ground chicken feathers...high in nitrogen...11% per pound???said it is hard to find....she said that it has Really helped her vegetables & flowers...any suggestions on where to obtain these feathers?
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OldGardener
Aug 3, 2014 7:22 PM CST
Feather meal is typically sold along side the other organic fertilizers at the nursery. You may want to try calling your local nurseries to ask for it but, if you cannot find it locally, Amazon does carry it. The shipping is expensive, though.
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greene
Aug 3, 2014 7:25 PM CST
Don't know your location but if you have a good hydroponic supply store nearby they may carry it.
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NJBob
Aug 3, 2014 10:27 PM CST
I use Scotts Natural Lawn food which is a mix of feather meal - meat meal -blood meal and bone meal. I have used it on the lawn and flower garden and seems to do a good job.it is 11-2-2.
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purpleinopp
Aug 4, 2014 8:03 AM CST
A good fertilizer would have a lot of different ingredients, and cover a much wider spectrum of nutrients, not just one, or even the "main 3" indicated by the numbers. Are you asking for ground gardening? I'd be much more interested in making a compost pile of various ingredients, than trying to find one arcane ingredient like chicken feathers. Plants growing in 'good dirt' don't need fertilizers of any kind. If you're gardening in containers, a well-rounded fertilizer would almost surely be superior to one with only 1 ingredient.

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greene
Aug 4, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Here is a link to one brand of feather fertilizer.
http://www.alisorganics.com/collections/organic-fertilizer/p...
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purpleinopp
Aug 4, 2014 2:01 PM CST
Interesting. Wouldn't cut grass from the mower bag do about the same thing? The exact measurement probably depends on the type of grass, but I found references to: 4-2-1 and 4-0.5-2, mostly nitrogen by at least twice as much. That would have much more to offer plants, and most people have a free supply. Used to augment mulch in a garden bed, the soil web will deposit the decomposed bits to the proper level in the soil, in the proper ways, for the nutrients to be able to be used by plants.

Fertilizers designed for grass are usually extremely high in nitrogen to encourage only foliage. IDK why anyone would want to put only nitrogen on most other plants, especially if they are grown for blooms.
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OldGardener
Aug 4, 2014 2:19 PM CST
The only other time I could think of is when you are correcting for a known imbalance (soil test result). That said, though, I prefer the mulch/compost route, too. Much more stable, imho.
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