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  1. I have never had chickens except when I was very young and lived with my grand parents (remember sitting next to a hen who was having chicks; exciting stuff). My friends got former battery chickens – what a sad sight. I have not bought cheap eggs since I saw them. More to the point: it seems to me that keeping chickens can contribute to one’s quality of life but if you want cheap eggs it is not likely to work – feeding them correctly is not that cheap.

  2. I LOVE having chickens, we have had chickens off and on depending on where we lived and right now have 9. I have 3 silkies just because I like them and will be decent egg layers, 3 aracaunas as they are a favorite of ours and 3 ISA browns that we chose for their quality of laying eggs in the winter without artifical light.

    Feeding chickens does not have to be pricey at all and feeding them a healthy diet can certainly be done at low costs. Same with rabbits. Commercial feeds can be very pricey however.

    You can buy whole corn and grind it yourself with either a blender or hand mill.

    If you build a moveable pen, the chickens can free range yet be contained too…..the best of both worlds here. Of course if you have the land total free ranging is the most efficient where the chickens can forage their own food but then if they can fly they can clean a cherry tree in an hour! Also you would need to fence in your garden! Reasons I use a moveable pen!

    You can start a worm farm and feed the chickens worms and of course bugs and grubs from the garden along with kitchen scraps.

    Chickens can be kept frugally, for fairly cheap eggs and a very humane and loving way! 🙂 That really goes for pigs, goats and rabbits too!

  3. Thanks for the tips, Poor to Rich! Maria, I would agree with you that raising chickens isn’t cheap, IF I was just going to use commercial chicken feed.
    I am, however, going to supplement whenever possible with more basic items — yup, cracked corn is on my list, but so are boiled potatoes. I got a wonderful book from the 1940s (wartime Britain) called FEEDING CHICKENS ON SCRAPS. It’s got some great ideas.
    I also am growing kale, chard and some other greens, specifically to keep the chickies going during cold weather. (These overwinter, if you protect them — and I’ll dry some, too.)
    Thanks much for contributing.