Okay, so I've spent the better part of today researching ways to cut down on the feed bill. I put all the blame on Aoxa! I was browsing the "How do you store your feed?" thread when I saw her (right? her?) post about how much feed she goes through a week. Half as much as I do! How is that possible? Even feeding them as much as I do, they are always surrounding me, begging for more when I walk outside. Her dirty little secret? She ferments it! So, I got together some of my free bakery buckets, and put in some feed to ferment. I'll see how my flock likes it, and how it affects my feed bill. It supposed to make the nutrients in the feed more easily digestible so the birds get more nutrients, which keeps them fuller longer, which cuts down on their feed consumption! I've also started researching meal worm farming and am working on getting supplies to start it up. If this thread takes off, I'll update everyone on how it goes. We also do our best to grow a lot of food for the chickens in our garden. Unfortunately, we were not successful getting in a fall garden this year, so we'll have to wait 'til spring next year, but my flock LOVED their cherry tomatoes, pumpkins (which double as a wormer!), squash, zucchini, watermelon, etc. from our last garden. Even some of their scratch grains sprouted accidentally, so we were able to harvest them and save some money on scratch! So my question for all you other thrifty backyard chicken raisers, what do you do to get the most out of your money when it comes to flock raising? Care to share any penny pinching tips with the rest of us?