I'm about to give it a go, i trialled a cut down version of the fermented feed last week. I soaked some of their food for a couple of days and then gave them that, and they went nuts for it!! So I've done the research of how to do it properly and hopefully I'll get that going this weekend.Haven't tried this yet, but people ferment their food and I've heard it can cut down on feed bills
1/4 pound of feed per chicken per day on average. So take your 40 or 50 pound bag and multiply by 4 to find out how many days on average it would feed one chicken. But you shouldn't just have one chicken. So you have to work out how many chickens that one bag is feeding.
But to keep it simple right now, a 50 pound bag of feed will feed a single chicken for 200 days. Not that you want to be using the same bag of feed for 200 days...... How much does that bag cost? Let's say $20. You need 91.25 pounds of food per year. If it is $20 for 50 pounds, then a year will cost you $36.5 to feed that chicken for a year.
Can chickens live off scraps in the winter if there's enough? Sure, they would most likely not die. But it is like asking if a human can live off random scraps in the winter if there is "enough". By definition, "enough" equals the amount of food needed to not die. Right? "Scraps" are not going to be nutritionally balanced. Nobody here is going to tell you that feeding only scraps over winter is a good idea.
Not quite true.
It does not save me any money.