I just blogged my latest recipe for chick starter, along with pics of my current batch of chicks: Icelandics, Buff Brahmas, mixed reds, and a few odds and ends from my flock. They are doing great on it, and it barely cost me anything to make.
Has anyone succesfully had chickens without feeding chicken food - Page 9
I'm sorry to here things are so tough there Fancie.
This is probably a totally outlandish suggestion (sorry!) but I wonder if you could bring yourself to change breeds? I understand some of the game breeds (particularly the smaller bantam types) are really economical to keep, incredibly hardy, and can survive on just corn and forage.
Please forgive me if this is a terrible suggestion. It's something I think about in case it gets really hard to source affordable feed.
As someone already mentioned, sprouting is a useful way to improve grain, so is souring.
I hope you find a way to keep them.