I have enjoyed keeping backyard chickens for many years. Though it may not be a money saver because I buy laying mash, I find it a pleasant hobby and appreciate the fact that I am getting healthier, fresher eggs than I could buy in the store. Feeding them my vegetable and bread food scraps is a great way to recycle my leftovers into eggs. Additionally, I have noticed that chickens love green things, so when I mow the yard I gather the clippings for my birds. I even grow an extra patch of kale or collards for them in the winter, which they love!