I've been doing some thinking recently about homegrown chicken feed for my flock... and, possibly, for future sale. Vegetable gardening for myself and my family has been plenty enough complicated, so this may not be the best option quite yet. One year, we'll have a very good crop of potatoes and cucumbers. The next year, both are withered and sparse but tomatoes are wonderful. It's this ever-changing pattern I can never seem to figure out. Planning out a new garden spot on the property for next year, after having storm damage create a haven of emptiness, we're contemplating adding something more than herbs for our chickens. Corn hasn't been of luck growing, for us, but maybe barley? Millet? Suggestions? I find that here in Maine, millet is rather pricey, as a 5 lb bag of it can vary from $8 to $10. I'd purchase a bag for my Guineas on a rare occasion in the Summertime... but I decided against it for health reasons and price. I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable selling it, considering it is of no real health benefits. Corn, on the other hand, is what I'll sometimes feed for the Winter. I doubt this would be a good thing to profit from in the warmer months, but I could be wrong... Sunflower seeds and safflower- they love. But I dislike overdoing it, as I find it's not something helpful to their digestive tract. The idea that struck me most was some sort of feed blend for the flock's immune system during breeding season. Something natural/organic (if that even exists as a real word anymore). Something of herbs, calcium, and enough protein. I'm still trying to think of ingredients. What do you guys find yourself purchasing for your birds? Do you grow/sell your own feed? What affects your flock's health in good and bad? What do they enjoy eating? Please keep in mind... This thread isn't of emergency. Please keep in mind that I'm not wanting to jump the gun on anything... I'm simply gathering info- thinking of different pros and cons of what's best for my birds. Thank you!