We recently raised our first meat chickens. We've had layers but never raised fryers/broilers. and I was amazed at how much feed they consumed!!! I'm picking them up from the processor tonight and when I tallied up the cost of the chicks, feed, bedding, and processing I was disappointed to find out that they'll end up costing as much or more than it would cost me to buy organic, free range chicken at the grocery store! I enjoyed raising them and it's nice knowing they had no hormones or things like that. I'm assuming the chicken feed was gmo but I'm afraid it would be even more cost prohibitive to try to feed something that's not, so even if I could find gmo feed in bulk, I would be interested. I just didn't know if it would be possible to buy in "bulk" for such a small flock. We're located in eastern Indiana and I'm wondering if anyone in this area has suggestions on feed resources. Or maybe someone has suggestions on other ways to reduce the cost of feeding them until they're old enough to butcher. We had a flock of 22 for 8 weeks and fed them free choice DuMor 20% Chick starter from TSC. They also were roaming outside in the yard every day so they did have access to weeds, grass, bugs, etc. By my calculations we went through 320 lb. of feed in that time period and it might have been more because I may have neglected to record a bag or 2!!! I want to raise chickens again and I would do it even if they cost MORE than I spend at the store, but talking the hubby into it might be a bit more difficult!! Unless they're SUPER DEEEEE-LICIOUS!!! Thanks for any help and suggestions!