Hi there! I am getting chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys for the first time in a few weeks and am learning a lot lately. One thing I cant find a sure answer to though, and I hope someone can help. These will be free ranged birds- I live on 12 acres, and total flock will be about 50 birds. Some for laying, the rest for eating- just by our family and relatives. So, since I dont need to meet all sort of government guidelines to be certified organic anything...I want to do this as simple as possible. I have a huge garden every year-is it possible for me to grow everything I REALLY need to feed these guys? I am thinking that since "great grandma" had chickens and didnt have commercial feed, obviously, they can do just fine without it. Warm months are not a problem-they can feast on all of our bugs and weeds and whatnot, maybe give them some corn or scraps for a boost. But, what about winter time? I only plan on taking a few, maybe 10 chickens, through the winter as layers. So what did our grandmas do in that situation? I know they didnt buy bags of fish meal and roasted soybeans and flax seed and all that jazz, and obviously, their chickens lived just fine. What I want to knwo is, cna I grow the basics in my garden this summer, dry it and store it and grind it up if needed, and have them subsist solely on that for the winter? Just seems to me there HAS to be a way to do this...just cant find out what that is!