With prices getting higher and higher, I searched out an old fashioned grain elevator/feed and seed in a town 40 miles to the north. We were headed there for our monthly shopping trip anyhow. $10 for 50 lbs of old fashioned layer mash. I bought a hundred pounds, hoping the hens wouldn't balk at it. Dry, almost powder, of course, but I dampened it with a bit of water making it sort of stiff and paste like. The hens loved it and chowed it down. It's another step of labor, rather than just scooping pellets, but for the price, I'm willing to do it. In reading the label, I was quite impressed with the ingredients. With feed costs being so high, you gotta do whatcha gotta do.