Okay,so like everyone else when the chicks gets bigger,so does the feed bill.I had been buying Hubbard Developer in 50 lb. bags at $15 each,so I took a drive the other day to a grain elevator that custom grinds feed to your specs. With our first killing frost expected this weekend here in Illinois,soon the cold weather will be here to stay.Most of our chicks are close to 2 months of age,and so I spoke to the salesman at the grain elevator about a 18% protein grower ration. Besides the 680 pounds of corn,and about 300 pounds of protein supplement to increase the protein level,this facility has all kinds of other "additives" to combine into feed rations for cattle,as well as hogs. I noticed alfalfa cubes,sunflower seeds,rolled oats,,ect as well as molasses and other interesting seperate bagged ingredients,including beet pulp. Money not being the object,whats the consensus of adding some of these other seeds-ingredients to the ground corn for feed? Alfalfa is loved by chickens,and if cubes are used in the ration,they can go thru the flail hammers and be chopped to shreds,as well as sunflower seeds.Molasses is used in cattle rations to get them to consume the feed,it adds sweetness to it. With our hatches all taking place in late summer,these chicks will not see any grass pens this year that have any green plants to eat,so if anyone has a special mix,or has their feedman add certain ingredients to their ration for the winter months,please advise?