I have figured out many ways to lower the cost of keeping chickens, but I believe that there are still more things that I could do. I am aware of the mother heating pad, deep litter method, fermenting feed, free ranging, and sprouting. Most likely, i will have to keep my chickens in a small coop, with roughly 2 1/2 sq feet per bird, and I know I can find cheap scrap pieces to make feed and water tins, nesting boxes, and a moveable run, but they will have an acre of supervised free range every day when i get home from school since our yard is fenced in. The only thing I am welling to spend real $$$ on is just the coop & the chicks themselves, since there are no local breeders. Any tips on how to save money on everything else?