The feather is composed of keratin, a protein that is only digestible if previously hydrolyzed with moisture, pressure, and temperature. Size varies between species. With the Continuous Hydrolysis System, steam is injected directly into the feathers, which subsequently go through a drying process. Whereas in the Batch Hydrolysis System, the feathers are pressurized by means of their own moisture or through a direct steam injection. In both cases, it is possible to obtain meal from feather and blood.