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Dual purpose chickens won’t work. Have 2 customers that want that big white breast meat. DD and family, same way. So we’ll see how it all settles out.
 

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With all the cornish x I raised, they did just fine on starter and then transitioned over to layer. I get it by the ton and save... we get it delivered when we get a delivery of cattle pellets also. Different prices different places. I never had leg problems with the cornish x with them outside on the ground and getting plenty of exercise. They grow a little slower on the layer maybe.... but also did not have the leg problems from getting too much protein feed. Also, feed some scratch feed. makes them exercise also.
 
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This is the main reason I didn't get CCX this year, feed prices. The freezer could use some more chicken. But I need to figure out a more economical way to feed them. Anyone who's raised them knows, they eat A LOT.
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i usually fees them game bird. its almost $30 a bag
 

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You might be able to source free/expired dog and cat food for chicken feed. IDK if it's okay for chicks (but probably it's like chick ultrakibble!) long-term, 100% of diet. But it's great for short-term or to stretch chicken feed. Less expensive to feed a lower protein chicken feed with a cat food for protein even if it's not free cat food.

I used to get buggy dog treats for free when the pet store emptied their bulk bins. Chickens adored them! Sometimes I get buggy cat/dog food for free from the pet food pantry at the local shelter!

Someday I need to write a letter to the local grocery store to get culled produce for my animals. They do a good job of marking down their "ugly" produce so I don't think they would have an overwhelming amount.
 

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You might be able to source free/expired dog and cat food for chicken feed. IDK if it's okay for chicks (but probably it's like chick ultrakibble!) long-term, 100% of diet. But it's great for short-term or to stretch chicken feed. Less expensive to feed a lower protein chicken feed with a cat food for protein even if it's not free cat food.

I used to get buggy dog treats for free when the pet store emptied their bulk bins. Chickens adored them! Sometimes I get buggy cat/dog food for free from the pet food pantry at the local shelter!

Someday I need to write a letter to the local grocery store to get culled produce for my animals. They do a good job of marking down their "ugly" produce so I don't think they would have an overwhelming amount.

just keep an eye out for potential infestations getting established...
 
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