I need some help/advice on the subject of growing my own feed for chickens. I'm going to have a small flock of 6 chickens. My wife is going to let me "borrow" (haha) a 1/2 to an acre of our land...but for this thread, let's say a 1/2 acre. I'm interested in not buying feed but my chickens are going to be in a run during the day that is about 15' by 6' or so...so they can't free range for it. I'm in Maryland out in Washington County (western parts) if that will make a difference to anyone. 1. Could I feed my flock on a 1/2 acre of food? 2. I have no farming equipment in regards to a combine, etc. so all the harvesting will be backyard style. 3. What crops do you recommend? 4. What breakdown would you do per season? 5. Will is truly save money (trying to stay organic) I'd like to have the 1/2 acre close to the coop so I can fence it and let them forage when the crop is ready to eat.