Free or (almost) Feed!!! List your experiences here.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Eznet2u, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. Eznet2u

    Eznet2u Chirping

    Jul 22, 2011
    Just as the title states. Let's see where/how you feed your flock(s) for free. Maybe we can learn from each other...

    I'll start. I had my Wife and daughter ask at the Big box grocery store if they could get some of the fruit/vegetable trimmings. They said no. We had given up on the idea.
    On a whim, I asked them to try the local Asian market. SCORE!!! The produce manager's answer...Sure give me a second. He filled a 5 gallon bucket (Packed down) with dark leafy greens of all kinds. The lady's loved them.

    I was also in Lowe's yesterday, and saw that they were getting ready to throw out 4 Pumpkins that had kinda "Cooked" in the sun. Got almost free...$.10 ea. for 4 huge pumpkins.

    How about you? [​IMG]

  2. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Bugs, spiders and dandelions.
  3. wanttobefarmer

    wanttobefarmer Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    This is great, I logged on to ask how to reduce my chicken feed costs. My ladies are breaking me. I do feed them organic chicken feed, and it is very expensive. $30 dollars a bag and they are going through 3 bags a month. It is free choice and I feed them bread, greens from the garden and they free range 3-8 hours a day. I keep the grass watered as we are in a drought, but I know that there are less insects that usual. Any ideas? thanks
  4. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    I had a thought the other day of asking the grocery store what they do with their salad bar each day when they break it dowm... I think I will call them now.

  5. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Crickets, grasshoppers
  6. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    I also go to the bakery, and bagel shops, for the stale yesterday stuff.
    The chickens look at me a little funny with the bagels, just soak them in water/milk/buttermilk.
    And even if they say no, check the dumpster. It's usually full of chicken treats!
  7. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Songster

    Jan 6, 2011
    My sister lives next to Dave's Killer Bread store and occasionally gets the nut/grain sweepings.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011

  8. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  9. jenni22776rn

    jenni22776rn Songster

    Mar 6, 2011
    Central Maine
    Family...if they want fresh eggs..they bring us all leftovers..with breads and greens and at times treats...most of the friday we are getting boxes from them in exchange for well for us and the ladies!

  10. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    I get spent grains from a microbrewery nearby. Not sure that counts as free, since I buy so much of their beer. [​IMG]

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