We have 22 chickens and we're going through a 50 lb. bag of feed about every 10 days. Sound about right? Do they need to have feed freely available or can we feed them twice daily or ?? Any suggestions appreciated. We are only able to let them free range for about an hour a day. More than that and they go into the neighbors yards. Last week we changed over from crumble to pellets and we also made a PVC feeder so that there would not be any more feed lost to spills or rain (feeder is inside the coop). Don't want to under feed them of course, but with hubby laid off and the chickens just beginning to lay (ie: not enough for us to sell yet), money is tight and I want to be sure we're not overspending on feed.