There are lots of ways to cut down on chicken feed and drastically lessen the cost of raising chickens. I mean, you got into this hobby to try to save money on fresh eggs, right?
The very best way to cut down on the cost to feed chickens is to let them out to free range. When chickens free range they can find insects, weeds, and small animals to eat all on their own, saving you big bucks.
Even better than letting the chickens pick from what you’re already growing, why not plant some perennial plants for them? Perennials will come back year after year, so you do the work once and save money on chicken feed for a lifetime.
This article from Reformation Acres tells you 12 awesome perennials to plant to help you feed chickens on the cheap!
From the article:
“If you’ve ever looked over the cost analysis for our homestead you’ll see that we haven’t been able to raise laying hens for eggs any cheaper than buying a carton from the store. One of our perpetual goals is to figure out how to decrease the cost to keep laying hens and find sources of free chicken food.
And do you want to know what the kicker is? We don’t feed our chickens most of the year.
There, I said it.
I guess you might think poorly of our animal husbandry skills now, that’s a risk that I’m just going to have to take.
But the fact is that I haven’t fed my chickens in several years now and it turns out that not one of them has died as a result! In fact, we deal with very few of the chicken health problems you’ll read out about, if any.”
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