Maybe this is just silly and an obvious idea, but I'm excited because I didn't think of this before and of course I had to share this idea in case other people want to use it. Personally, I don't like selling eggs. My birds are pets and many are rescues, quite a few are older, and so their laying isn't very consistent. Most of them are bantams, too. If I sold eggs, I'd feel like I have an obligation to my customers to provide them with large eggs on a consistent basis, and considering my flock and my reasons for keeping them, that's not what I want to get involved in. And, let's face it, if I sell bantam eggs cheaply it probably won't help that much with my $120+ a month feed bill. But of course, feed costs are high and it would be nice to reduce the amount of food costs even a little bit. So I'm thinking of posting ads offering fresh eggs in trade for unwanted/"icky" produce. Of course I'd sort it before feeding to be sure it's not too far gone or anything bad for them, but I figure it'll be win/win for everyone. People can get rid of produce that's unwanted and leftover instead of throwing it out, my chickens get healthy treats, and people get free, humane eggs from happy birds. I'm thinking it might be an interesting experiment to put up a bin or garbage can with a sign on it for old/unwanted produce for the chickens, too. I live near a fairly popular park and a lot of people drive by my house, so maybe I'd get some free treats for the chickens out of it! Of course I'd have to sort carefully and I imagine people would put gross or weird things in it no matter what I do, but perhaps it's worth a try! If it fails miserably, I can just take it down. I may check with my local grocery stores and farmer's markets about their surplus, too. I know the farmed animal sanctuary where I work gets a bunch of produce a few times a week from one of our grocery stores. And while I don't want nearly as much as we get here (5+ garbage cans full every few days), if I can get just a little from the smaller grocery stores around my house, why wouldn't I? I can afford chicken feed and all, and of course they'll continue getting it every day as always, but I'm just trying to think creatively and recycle unwanted food that would be discarded. It just seems like a good thing to do!