Vol. 10, Special Issue 7 (2021)
Studies on the chemical properties of broiler chicken feathers
SV Bharathi and Indu V Raj
Studies were undertaken on the feather of broiler chicken of six to eight weeks of age, slaughtered at Meat Technology Unit, Mannuthy. The feather samples were collected from a total of 12 birds comprising of six males and females from the broiler groups. The proximate analysis of broiler chicken feathers showed the presence of high crude protein, significant fat content and negligible amount of crude fibre. The crude protein content in broiler feather was 77 per cent and the fat content was 2.26 per cent. Negligible amounts of crude fibre content (0.5 per cent) and ash content (0.8 per cent) was recorded. The average composition of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulphur were 46 per cent, 7.5 per cent, 15 per cent, and two per cent respectively while oxygen and inorganic matter formed 29.5 per cent in all the birds. It was concluded that since the proximate analysis of broiler chicken feathers showed the presence of high crude protein, significant fat content and negligible amount of crude fibre, future research work may be carried out for use of chicken feathers for the production of biodiesel and as a more convenient gaseous fuel for generation of heat and electricity in conventional equipments like boilers, engines, and turbines.
How to cite this article:
SV Bharathi and Indu V Raj. Studies on the chemical properties of broiler chicken feathers. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2021; 10(7S): 202-204.