Since I rescued the last set of chickens, I thought I would try a little food experiment. Since I have the quarantined birds on the opposite side of the property that my original flock is on, I think I can pull this off fairly easily. So the plan is to take my original flock and keep them on the same diet they are currently on. They are free ranged daily and then they also get feed, which I believe is 18% protein. They get free choice and they also have a flock block and get some leftovers from the house. Group two are the birds in quarantine. They get the exact same diet as stated above, except they are, what I consider, restricted range. They have a lot less area to roam because it is fenced, and they aren't out but a few hours each night. They do have a very large run with lots of grass, weeds, flowers, and bugs. They also get more garden scraps and leftovers. When they reach their 30 day quarantine date, they will be able to free range as well. Approx. 2 weeks from now. So the plan is when the quarantine period is up, I will weigh each and every bird. They are all approx the same age +/- 2 weeks. Group one will continue on their diet they are on, but I will measure out the amount of scraps they get, and keep note of what they are given. I will not weigh out feed, leaving them to eat what they want. Group two will be left out to free range and will not be given a supplemental feed, but will get more nutritious treats that are higher in protein, and will also have use of the food plot, which contains peas, wheat, clover, sorghum, and brassicas. I will weigh each bird twice per week to make sure that group two is not being underfed, and will also note if any are acting different. I will keep this up for one month unless weight loss or overall health is an issue. Does anyone have any issues that they see here, or anyone have any guesses on outcomes? Any way that I could make this more scientific?