Dr. Menandro N. Acda, Associate Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Forest Products and Paper Science, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Phd. Oregon State University has been mixing chicken feathers with cement to form a decay resistant non-structural wall board.
Though the project is in its infancy, if successful it would help to deal with the 2.5 million pounds of waste chicken feathers generated each year in the Philippines. Currently much of that waste is simply burned.
Chicken feathers contain keratin which is an extremely hard protein which is also very hard to dissolve. Keratin is not digested by termites.