Chickens compost -- Grow a garden to feed your chickens and let them feed your garden. Here's a helpful article about giving your flock homegrown, all-natural feeds -- and reaping the benefit in rich compost. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.
Boredom Busters for Chickens tasty nibbles of wheat, seeds, fruit and molasses (hence you will find it is sticky to touch). Molasses were used in poultry feed in days gone by, and is said to help the hens digestion.
Homemade Chicken Feed without Soy or Corn 4 parts soft white wheat 3 parts hard red wheat 2 parts sunflower seeds 1 part hulled barley 1 part millet 1 part oat groats 1 part split peas part fish meal part flax seeds part kelp
Fresh Eggs Daily®: Benefits of Molasses for your Flock Cleansing Mash 1 Jar unsweetened apple sauce oz.) or several cored apples pureed in a food processor 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses Cup plain yogurt Feed free choice to grown hens.
A chicken that is not provided with adequate enrichment and mental stimulation will be more inclined towards problem behaviors. Feather pecking, bullying, egg eating and even cannibalism are almost always a result of chickens that are confined.
Check out this article from GRIT Magazine about heritage breeds! ----Heritage Breeds Can Be the Best Egg Laying Chickens. Rare domesticated animals need engaged stewards to survive. Raise heritage chickens and you’ll find some of the best egg laying chic
This is the website of the author of my favorite poultry book. It contains a ton of great homesteading information. It's really like an online homesteading book. In this section is his info on growing food, but there's lots more to see on other subjects
Using wood ashes for your chickens saves money. (fireplace ash only, not BBQ coals, etc) and when needed, mix 2 parts ash to 1 part sand for the chickens to do their dust bathing. It keeps mites away. That and paint the coop with hydrated lime.