Hello, I am excited about this forum because I hope to start keeping chickens in my backyard. I've got the whole family excited about it. But we are experimenting because I've never done it. Each one of my kids want to keep 3-5 chickens, starting out from chicks. Any advise is welcome. DH still needs to build a suitable coop that will keep away rodents, and skunks and very cost effective. I am collecting free pallets for the project. I am planning to order from Murray McMurray 25 rode island reds chicks this year. We are on a very low budget, so I'm planning to make our own feed and have them pasture too with lots of sunshine. Does anyone one have any good suggestions for a homemade chick feed. Or is the recommended brand here best?