Is it really more cost beneficial to make your own scratch vs. buying it?
I get my scratch for .20 a lb....from my co-op and I usually buy it in 10 lb increments (only having 6 birds I dont like it to sit)
I can get homemade organic scratch from a supplier for about .50 a lb...
To make it myself would cost me quite a bit more right now that what I pay for it already made.
I am thinking of getting the ingredients in bulk and even is some cases trading produce eggs ect for them from local farmers we know. So cost boughten vs. cost to make really does not concern me. I am wanting to know what all everyone who makes their own uses so I have sort of an ingredient list. This way I can figure out what I can get locally or possibly even grow for in my scratch, like the corn and sunflowers, part of which we grow and part of which we grow and the rest we buy locally. I already have a ton or more of corn ordered off a farmer friend. And with us moving to the new place it will be alot easier to store bulk feed.
I have over 40 birds as well as horses, goats guineas, ducks, peacocks and of course your normal pet animals. So our bill at the feed store would scare the tar out of most people. And there is always room for another unwanted rooster. We have them cause we love it, and we do what we do because we want the best for our animals we can provide.