On February 23rd my 24 hens and 1 rooster are being shipped from Belt hatchery. I am planning on selling their eggs, along with my other chicken and duck eggs, to our neighbors and people my dad works with. I am hoping that selling their eggs for $3.50 a dozen will help us make a bit of a profit, but I am wondering how to reduce feed cost even further. We are planning on letting them free range on our 5 acres all day, and feed them 2x a day, like we do for our ducks. Our ducks do great with this method, and I would adjust the amount for their needs during different times of the year. Our current chickens get free choice layena and oyster shell. Currently, we buy 16% Layena for $14/ 50lb bag. That is all we feed our birds right now. They also sell scratch, not sure about the protein, for $8/ 50lb bag. I could buy the 20% Layena from another feed store for $15 a bag and mix it w/ scratch to save money, but still get them correct nutrition. I would also have oyster shell, phosphorus, grit, and salt in a hopper. We will also be giving them scraps from our garden. I was thinking about growing some of our own grains to add to their diet as well. If I did this, what types of grains do you suggest I grow? Basically, I am trying to get them good nutrition for the lowest cost. Sorry for all the questions. Thanks ahead of time!