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We are being given four hens. We live in a rural area and the local stores are rather expensive when it comes to all things. I was wondering if there was a good place to find affordable, quality chicken feed online [feed for laying]. We will also need cartons for our eggs if anyone knows of an affordable place to get them. I found 100 for $31.00 shipped.<br><br>
Any other pointers or tips you may have are welcomed.<br><br>
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tell friends and family to save their cartons.<br><br>
if your chickens are free ranging table scraps is plenty to sustain them. you can get feed from your local farm supply in bulk too. shipping might be costly if you get it online.
 

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local farm stores can usually order organic scratch grains or organic feed too.<br><br>
ditto on having people save cartons for you. We saved ours for about 6 mos prior to getting our hens.
 

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Check your local feed store for requirements on bulk feed. There's usually a minimum order (like a ton). I wouldn't worry about getting the special layer feed personally, just some chicken scratch and then give them scraps.
 

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For 4 hens, I'd just feed them sprouted grains, scraps, including meat (raw is even better), a crushed hard boiled egg a day and not bother with pre-made feed. This, of course, on top of ranging. If you feel the need for "scratch" I'd toss out a handful of sunflower seeds to them after you pen them up for the day.<br><br>
Also with only 4 hens, you won't have so many eggs to be bothered with the need for cartons, just either have family save cartons for you, or just keep your eggs in a basket on the counter.
 

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