I'm hopefully going to get some hens, maybe today (4H fair). I've been getting eggs at the farmers' market and ask whoever's selling eggs what they're feeding their hens, been trying to go soy-free, corn-free and also just GMO free in general, I hate supporting that practice. The best I've found so far are wheat fed, free-ranged chickens, which is fine with me. On the other hand it's a pain to ask the vendors and then possibly reject their eggs. I always feel so emotional at the farmers' market! "Oh...your carrots are too expensive, I'll get them from the guy next to you instead..."
Anyway, I do love the farmers' market, but I figure I'll save myself some questions and use the chicken pen/house I have out back. I did a search on here but haven't seen recommendations for exactly what to feed chickens for best results. I did see someone recommend this place http://www.scratchandpeck.com/ and I would like to have some grain and scratch in addition to feeding scraps, etc... Chickens running free in my yard is not an option so much where I live. Southwest U.S. mountains filled with coyotes n such. I can do it a little.
If you do have suggestions, please be specific! What exactly do you do? Do you toss out kitchen scraps EVERY DAY or just once a week, etc...? I guess they can get insects that wander into the pen, but I don't know how much that would be. I'm looking to keep 4 birds just for eggs.