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We stocked up on chicken feed a couple weeks ago, thinking that we wouldn't want to worry about it soon after the birth.  It turns out that we have to go all the way to San Leandro (Mike's Feed and Pets) to buy it.  You'd think it would be easier to find chicken feed in the Bay Area.  Sheesh.


We usually buy a fifty pound bag for about $10 (this time we bought two).  The chickens go through it in two to three months, depending a little on the season.   We also feed them chicken scratch (cracked corn and wheat, which they love as a snack), grass clippings, the odd spider we find, and kitchen scraps (if you're nearby and have leftovers that are getting old, drop them by). They also forage in the yard, eating worms, grubs, fruit that has fallen from our trees, camelia petals, and whatever else they can find.

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But the largest part of their diet is the feed, which has a good mix of nutrients and protein to support their egg laying.  We also have been giving them oyster shells, which gives them calcium for strong shells.




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