My feed is expensive, $30 per 50# bag, but I supplement heavily with scraps from the cafe I work at, weeds and cuttings from the garden (though these are about to be gone) and am contemplating buying a bunch of bulk peas to sprout for them every day over the winter. I have 13 birds right now and a bag lasts me about 3 weeks. So it costs me (rounding up!) .20 cents per day per bird to feed my birds. $2.60 per day....$18.20 per week. Rounding up again, we'll say they cost about $20 per week in feed. Now, only 5 of these birds are currently laying, and I'm only getting 3-4 eggs per day...we'll be generous and say I get 4 eggs per day on average, so I'm getting about 2.5 dozen eggs per week. That's about $8 per dozen! This isn't including equipment or housing costs, initial purchase of the birds, time, electric for light/heat this winter, or other incidentals. Other than picking one roo and getting rid of the other four (yes, I have 5 cockerels out of 13 birds,) what can I do to make this chicken math work out better in my favor? I get a quality feed, but am actually considering telling the chooks to suck it up and deal with the cheap stuff, especially since they get so many other goodies. I can get super cheap layer feed (15%, I think) at Wal-Mart for less than half the cost. I also have an outlet for all the eggs I can get together for $4 per dozen. Would using cheaper feed and getting some more economical laying hens going actually reduce the cost of my hobby flock in the long run? Something in me tells me maybe chickens are like other things, and if you can have enough of them they're actually cheaper per unit?