Greetings, I have read numerous posts here on care and feeding of the little ones. I have noticed with amazement that when my neighbors let their chicken free-range, they do not touch their feed, being perfectly content with grass and bugs. I figure that their ideal diet, given a choice, is not so different from our ideal diet. I also noticed that when I give a few buckets of blemished pears to one of the neighbors, the chicken clearly like them and eat them day after day. So I am wondering if I can go solo with the feed. I could, presumably, buy grains and oyster shells alone, and mix them with other stuff I have. For example, with other families we buy a grass-fed cow every year, and I can get the lungs and tripe, as well as other scrapmeat, as pet food for free. That is a good 50-80lb of high fat, high protein stuff that can sit with the other meat in the freezer through the winter and be fed to them a few ounces a day. We also have two vegetable gardens, so lots of stuff for them, and I can send my daughter down the street to collect pumpkins on Nov. 1, to store with our other winter squash in the cellar. Is there any counterindication in feeding them too many veggies? It surely would be healthy for them and for the eggs nutrient content.