I am a relative newbie here and am raising my first batch of 15 chicks to be layers. They are 8 weeks old now and I have underestimated their ability to eat faster and FASTER as they get older. I am feeding organic and partially free-ranging and I want to keep it that way. This morning they are nearly out of feed. My new shipment of organic feed will be delivered tomorrow afternoon (I thought that would be soon enough and I was wrong). I cannot get any chicken feed locally that is acceptable to me (I am working on that, but right now, I can't). Soooo...... The question is, can I manage to feed them myself for the next 30 hours give or take until my new feed shipment comes? They love yogurt and I am planning to give them an extra big serving today... and I could probably get a cabbage or some broccoli to hang in their run for them to play with/eat. But what about the bulk of their food? I have read that oatmeal is good. I have some 5-grain hot cereal in my pantry that I don't like. It contains the following: - whole grain oats - wheat - rye - barley - triticale - flaxseed Those are all the ingredients. Can I feed this to them? Would it be a good or bad idea? Should I cook it in water first or give it to them uncooked? Any other ideas on how I could concoct some food for about a day for them? Thanks for any and all help!