We got our first chickens about a month ago....4 gals who are currently 4 months old. I have just been buying the "Start and Gro" feed that is sold at our local farm store, with the intent of switching to "Layer Pellets" in another month or so. I think the brand feed they sell there is "Southern States". I also give my gals kitchen scrap, stuff from the yard and I let them wonder around when I can. So, is that a decent brand of food? Could I do better buying items in bulk in making my own mix? Anyone else in the central NC area out there have tips on sourcing healthy and affordable chicken feed?