Currently we give them about 5 quarts of layer pellets per day. We also give them any scraps or green leafy items we can get. This would be around 1/2 cup each
I think they are underfed. The feed costs a lot, though: 15 dollars for 50 pounds is the best price I can find.
How can I do better? Would it be wise, for example, to find some corn and other grains to give them in the mornings and some pellets later in the day? I mean would it hurt for them to have some of that along wth pellets? I would feed them about half and half. The grain mix would be cheaper and I could give them that to be certain they eat enough.
Is there a way to find less costly? For example, how could I buy in bulk? I do not have a space to store food that is not in bags except couple of big bins. Food in bags is subject to mice or rats! Or squirrels.
I want my hens to lay and support our little farm with their eggs. What do people do? I can sell all the eggs I get! The demand is incredible. On 1 June I will experiment with raising the price of eggs up 50 cents a dozen. The cost of the feed versus the egg sales and buying more hens and other incidental items results in very little income to use for fixing the coops or buying other animals such as some ducks and so on. What do other people do?
I want the farm (not the cost of the taxes or mortgage or insurance) to support itself. I have sold rabbit and goat manure, baby bunnies, quail and chicken eggs, . I have put an ad on for people to board their goats or other animals here and I had someone take up my offer in February making almost 200 dollars. I had the goats to out today to experiment with them eating in someones yard. I plan to rent them out (There are just two little Nigerian wethers.) If the food cost for the hens is that high, I am paying for hay for the goats and rabbits and feed out of my limited income.
I am retired and care for my elderly mom. I found hay at a bargain price: $3 a bale. I use recycled fencing and wood when I can find it. I got baby hens this year because grown ones were either costly or older and not good layers. The first set of babies are just about ready to lay. The second 10 are on the heat lamp still.When they come in there will be 9 more layers. (One died).
What are other people doing to be sustainable and to feed enough without it costing a lot. ?
Edited by Catfsm - 5/28/16 at 8:49am