Currently the eggs I sell barely covers the cost of the feed (I pay extra for all natural (no pesticdes, etc.) feed). I could dedicate 10 acres to growing chicken feed, but the acrage is kinda dry and unirrigated. I might be able to irrigate one acre. I have a tractor and baler and am planning on trying to grow some alfalfa next year. I currently have 50 layers, but would eventually like to grow to 100 layers. It seems that grains would be easy to grow, but the harvest could be difficult. Another aspect is protein. My first year here I tried to raise earthworms to keep the chickens in protein all winter (the chickens keep fat on grasshoppers in the warmer months). But it became clear that the scale I would need combined with the amount of heat and labor that would be required would soon make that idea kinda silly. This winter, feeding some diced up, cooked meat sure proved to be just the ticket in improving egg production. I got to thinking that maybe rabbits would be good. I could feed them the alfalfa and then kill a rabbit every other day or so and toss it into the coop in the winter. Rabbits generate their own heat in winter and will probably continue to reproduce despite the cold. Chickens seem to be pretty good at pecking the meat off of anything. So! Any suggestions on winter protein for chickens? Or for general feed?