Our co-op doesn't carry any poultry feed, just dog and cat.
I'd get one or two friends and then you have a co-op which buys and sells whatever you find yourself.
I don't have chickens. I'm preparing for quail. The worms are indoors right now as it is likely too hot and dry here as well. I'm in NM. We also have our fair share of termites. Where do you live? AZ?
Oh I live SP that's just ATM :)
I just ran a search for " wheat for sale in NM " and there are plenty of places there where it is grown. Most of the search results were for farms for sale, farms with wheat growing there. I guess that is a very good way to slant a search, like if you need to find farmers who grow wheat, they might not advertise, but their real estate agents will advertise it for them, so that makes them once again easy to find.
Want cheap chook food ? call the local real estate and ask " any farms for sale with proven results in wheat ? where ? " heheehe. It would work 100% of the time. You could drive out and offer the farmer twice as much per ton as they get now, and you'd STILL pay less and get more with better quality.
I'm networking the best I can through the Facebook pages available for breeding and raising poultry. I know there are m/b two other quail breeders in the state. We on rare occasions get quail eggs at our local co-op, we had a lot the other day and I bought about 60. Wish I had my quail and they were producing. Eggs are really expensive here, but at least I can eat quail eggs. One of our markets carries quail meat at $3.99/bird.
I never used facebook, I hear every day how ISIL is using it more and more. Did you know they were selling TOW anti-tank missles on facebook ? and then there are the DARPA experiments on millions of facebook users without their knowledge. you can look it up. I leave it alone.
I find it is a matter of food and possibly warmth that keep the birds laying. When they have something like an old fridge in winter to keep warm in, and too much food for them to eat, their bodies just say ' time to turn the excess food into chicks " Mine lay all winter when everyone else in town says theirs have stopped.
There is very little poultry in our state. There are 5 mills in the entire state, but none sell organic feed. We have one hatchery in our entire state and they don't carry quail so I had to order eggs. I don't know of anyone in my state that raises quail except someone in the northern part of the state. We have just begun networking.
Sounds like you'll have perfect success as the one and only. Cannot fail when there is no competition. Are there humans in your state? then there is a market for chickens, quail and eggs, plus no competition. Recipe for success. You are so lucky.