My plan is to use a tractor pen and, keep pulling it over what grows here naturally and, stuff that I will purposefully plant for the chickens. During the hot summer months, the only greens that I know will grow, are Malabar spinach, New Zealand spinach, and Amaranth . I might try a short-growing Milo for a grain. Keeping them out of the grain until it produces a seed head might prove to be a challenge. I would love some ideas of good heat-tolerant grasses that would also be nutritious. Now, I'm told that my chickens will probably need a supplemental "laying" feed. I just wondered if I could mix my own cheaper than the feed store sells it for. Of course, I'd have to buy the separate components from the feed store also. I do have a couple of sources for corn and milo really cheap. How much corn and milo and, what else would I need in order to have a good "laying" feed? Any other ideas on what I could do to lower the cost of feeding these soon coming chickens, without compromising on nutrition?