The economy has tanked, (my family's income went down 50%!) I also lost many of my birds this year to a coon. I am stepping back from raising chickens till things improve, but I do have 3 brahmbas and 3 mutts left. Right now it is getting hard to scruff up the money to buy chicken food... It's only $15 for a 50 pound bag.... but money is extremly tight. so I am left with a delema... what can I feed my birds without breaking the bank? Or should I just find them a good home? It would be kinda disheartning to go out and look at my 2 empty coops, but the same time I don't want to kill them. Right now they are finishing up wild bird food. But soon that will be running out. I can get cracked corn for 25 cents a pound, granted about the same as chicken feed, but quarters are pretty easy to scrounge up, while the whole ammount it pretty hard, since there always seems to be something more important for the money to go to. They free range most of the day, the older 3 anyway, but the mutts are kept inside since they are too young in my opinion to winter yet. On nice days they are left out. I was thinking of feeding cracked corn and table scraps... I just don't want to starve my birds to death... or is there any good ways to stretch the chicken food so it lasts longer? I feel like a bad chicken owner. I'll be searching here as well to see if this has been answered yet... I started reading the corn thread... Oh... what did people feed chickens before there was chicken food?