A while back I was letting my hens free range, until the head count started dropping. The culprit turned out to be a pair of Golden Eagles. Well they are an endangered species so I couldn't do much about it. My choices were feed the Eagles or pen up my hens. I chose the latter. It wasn't long before I was missing the wonderful flavor & rich dark yellow yolks free ranging gave the eggs. Commercial scratch feeds gave me store bought colored yolks with as weak a flavor too.. I tried using wild bird mix for a while which provided much richer color & flavored yolks, But it had a large percentage of seed that the hens wouldn't eat. I decided that was wasting too much of what i was paying for so I started mixing my own scratch feed based on what the hens were actually eating & the things I wanted them to eat. My hens are now producing very near free range quality eggs, that are high in Omega-3's & low in cholesterol (I feed an all grain based layer feed) Several of my egg customers have said my hens eggs are better that EB's so I'm happy with the results of my new scratch feed. If there is enough folks interested in purchasing my scratch feed I will make it available for $10.00 for 10 lbs + shipping.
Please reply to this post if interested.