I'm posting this question here, rather than in the "feeding and watering your flock" thread, because it's a meat-bird specific question, and everyone here has always shared helpful advice with me. We have been buying whole grain feed (wheat berries, mostly) from a local farmer, and, in our effort to reduce our dependency on commodity milled feed from who-knows-where, we have been toying with the idea of growing some of our own grains, but the thing that still leaves me puzzled is how to get protein in the diet of our meat birds. I was thinking peas (either shelling peas or spring-sown Austrian field peas) Has anyone ever thought about this? I think we've got the small grains figured out. I'm going to co-plant a few strips of proso millet, spring oats and buckwheat. Once the grain has matured (mid-summer) I'll drag the chicken tractor over it, one patch at a time. I have grown all of the above grains before. Before our home-grown grains are ready, we will be feeding a regular milled feed and the wheat berries I already mentioned. The birds will still have access to a feeder full of milled feed, in case there is some essential ingredient in there that they can't get from the home-grown grains. I'm not trying to be a radical and go cold-turkey on the milled feed; I'm just trying to use a little less of it. I don't feel like dealing with field corn, so we'll still be buying some things. So, I guess it's taking me a while to get to my question: does anyone have thoughts on growing protein? Our climate in Oregon isn't real well suited to soybeans. I put a section of field in clover, but wasn't sure if that would do the trick. Any feedback is welcome on this. Thanks!