I am using a 50lb bag of feed almost a wk now..which equates to about $60 a month... hubby is about ready to flip a lid over the cost...we have 16 chicks 3 wks old (will be freezer camped when time) and 30 hens/1 roo the 3 wk chicks were a given to us from the Pre-k..so ... ok..when they get to layer age...please tell me the feed is cheaper or they eat less... can we maybe pull back on some of the feed?? maybe put it down in the morning and pick up late afternoon?? do they REALLY need to have feed available at ALL times...I know they peck/forage a lot..but they even eat the sand in the run..there is no greenery in there... advice...I am getting flack from hubby now because he thought that they'd be cheaper than buying eggs/chicken in the store..WRONG WRONG WRONG obviously... so not only are they a big responsibility..they are becoming extremely costly...so... now that I've griped about the cost...I guess my main question is can we pull the feed up? or lessen the amt of feed put out for them a day etc??