On the feed topic...
I was paying $8.30-$9.10-ish this winter for 50# of 16% pullet grower crumbles from my mill. The price will go up to $11-14 over the spring and summer. I was going through 150# a week. I picked up a 50# bag of Dumor 20% chick/pullet grower for $15 some change. I have gone from Sunday to Wednesday on just that 50#. I will be getting a 2nd bag tomorrow, but I still have feed in the tub. That 21.4lbs per DAY with the mill feed (a lot of dust/waste and I do not ferment and will not - sorry, I don't have the time, patience nor will), compared to around 11.1lbs per day with the Dumor.$1560 a year for Dumor and $1755 a year from the mill - with an average price of $11.25 from the mill. Of course, things change - like the number of birds and the intake. In the spring/summer I allow free ranging. I will have turkeys soon, and they take more to feed, but I also supplement with table scraps and free ranging. The amounts are for what I have now - and the number increases every 4-5 days with each new hatch.
My mill will also mix my own feed. I can't say how that will last, since I want my feed kept semi-whole.
Here's the last mix I came up with last year, but never followed through with it:
Okay, I talked to the mill and they use a pre-made vitamin/mineral mix and I only need 25# per ton, but I am going to do 30#.
20% Corn ($29.60)
15% Soybeans (Roasted) ($32.70)
15% Oats ($25.80)
10% Wheat ($20.80)
10% Grit ($19.90)
10% Alfalfa ($20.10)
5% Sunflowers ($29.95)
9% Fish Meal ($22.50)
3% Vitamins & Minerals ($16.50)
3% Molasses ($4.20)
$16.00 to Mix
$6.00 to Crack/Crimp Soybeans, Corn and Alfalfa pellets
$6.00 to bag (I have my own bags)
Total: $229.25 per HALF Ton (I called it a ton again, sorry!)
That's $11.47 per 50#. It's only $2 more than what I am spending now. If it works like it should, it'll be worth it. If not... Well, back to the stuff the mill already makes.
I wanted some flax, milo, millet and kelp in there, but I never seen my birds eat the millet and milo in wild bird seed. I was told flax will cause pasty butt. Kelp is expensive.
Here's my original thread about mixing your own feed: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/651147/feed-recipe-not-sure-how-much-of-what