For those who want to know what the basic fodder system is-
Besides that it saves a TON of $ - it also gives chickens better food. Add some minerals and you have the besy food your chickens can eat.
Here's a basic of how-to make fodder-
Get your seeds. Mixes for birds should be high in protein so go with things like beans (not soy). peas (green or yellow), alfalfa, and I add some chia.
Add your grasses - oats (not first choice but do-able), wheat, barley, rye or corn (yes - corn should sprout). Buckwheat and other available seeds can also be added.
Add a booster of sunflower, flax . . .or chia (hey - I like chia!).
For layers - get calcium ready. For both meat & layers- have some azomite or kelp around to increase mineral content.
The system you use will depend on how many chickens you are feeding-
a few chickens - use a mason jar and nylon screen (cut up a nylon and screw it on a jar)
a dozen chickens - a Auto-Fodder-Feeder could work.
a lot of chickens - you will need a shelving system, trays, a water catch basin on the bottom and most likely a automatic pump system.
To start- soak a 10th of the size of the container of seeds overnight. then start rinsing the seeds 2 - 3 times a day for 6-7 days. Add some minerals/kelp and calcium before feeding.
Better food at a fraction of the cost.