can you believe the % in increase in feed this year, what if it does the same next year? I want to have a serious talk about feed for meat birds with those who have opinions based on EXPERIENCE. Not experience with laying hens and not what someone "thinks" will work when they finally do get meaties. SO here's where I'm at: I think we all pretty much know that meaties need around 22+% to hit weight on time. I back mine up to 20% from start to finish - it takes my birds about 2 week longer to hit weight, but I have NO flip, this is a satisfactory rate of gain for me. The cost is rediculous though and makes me want to tweak with the feed a bit. I supplement my laying hens with red wheat, cracked corn & table scraps. However with the CX this lowering of protien slows down growth; so my question is what do we have that we can keep up or balance the protien content with. Ideas? Discussion? I know some people are using cat food. . . and in areas near the coast some folks use fish . . . should we start growing worms . . . If we raise & butcher rabbits would the meat scraps be good?