Recently, do to a judge demanding my ex-wife's financial status to remain the same, I have been forced to cut so many corners and luxuries I am as round as the dowel my chickens perch on... and my budget is just as skinny. At least I'm not square, eh? With the help of great local urban farming organizations, I have learned basic gardening, edible landscaping, lengthening food life and storage. Aside from a small CSA, which is basically a donation for helping me, I get most of my food from my speck of a backyard; foraging and garden. Recently, while buying a few pounds of meat to supplement my nearly daily egg consumption, I realized I might be able to have commercial feed free chickens. I've shown them the mulberry bush, I've shown them the peach tree, the grapes, blueberries, I toss them kitchen scraps. But oddly enough, they only seem to go after the ones I drop for them. And devour, like ravenous velocoraptors, the feed I scatter for them. Does anyone know any perennials I could plant that would be nutritious, self propagating, and interesting enough that I stop buying feed completely? I do offer kitchen scraps daily, homemade kefir (which they love) and kombucha SCOBY occasionally. They have the run of my backyard all day, so access to bugs and grass and plenty of edible weeds. Ideas, threads to search, gag orders would all be appreciated.