Fuel yourself and your car with chicken

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

(WFLX) - The answer to the nation's fuel crisis may be living on a farm near you.

Americans guzzle more than 378 million gallons of fuel every single day. It's a supply coming mostly from other countries.

But scientists are working to change that. They've discovered that chicken waste, like feathers and feet, can actually be boiled and converted into fuel.

Plus, there is a lot to use. The United States produces 11 billion pounds of poultry waste every year. Our estimate is that we could make 500 million gallons of biodiesel -- a gallon of biodiesel costs about $2. Therefore, saving people money at the pumps.

Scientists, however, don't know when "chicken power" will become mainstream in this country.