Hello friends! Someone put this question to me and I'd like to get your thoughts on my reply: Q. What is the best way to keep my feed costs down for dual purpose or layers in a small flock? A. If you want to play the commercial game, you can get sex link hybrid egg laying machines, like Black or Red; you could also have a flock of White Leghorns. Focus on a light breed of chicken, like the White Leghorn, which is a proven non hybrid 'egg machine'. Make sure your flock has opportunity to forage in good grass or the like, even your garden (if they're confined): get into Chicken Tractoring like I have. Forage can cut feed costs by 30% If you want to be a traditionalist and purist like this chicken rookie, go for one of the heritage American pure breeds, like the RIR, Brd. Plym. Rock. These, like all the American breeds, are generally excellent foragers, unlike the Mediterranean Leghorns (cf. Damerow). My final word is, if you want a small flock of layers or layer/meat birds do this: Get a heritage American pure breed flock and provide them with ample opportunity to forage in addition to the commercial feed, by Chx. Tractoring, for example. Any thoughts on my answer anyone?