Well, since I am now on a very tight budget and a fixed disability income (lets just my husband likes his girlfriend more than his family) how do I keep feed costs down? Currently my 17 girls free range a while during the day, they do get table scraps and scratch and have a flock block in their coop. I have a 30lb feeder in their coop that they empty in a few days I just cant afford to keep feeding them like that. What can I do to lower my feed costs? They are all eating unmedicated chick crumble. My youngest is about 2mo old and my oldest is about 6mo old. Nobody is laying yet but they do have access to oyster shell too incase someone does start to lay.