I have 3 chickens and 2 ducks. They are free range. We did have a feeder, but we live by a stream so there are a LOT of other ducks that like to steal or food, so we would go through the food so fast and our flock would not get to eat the food(We are thinking of getting an automatic chicken feeder, but are unsure if the ducks will be able to use it???). I just throw out the pellets onto the ground when they come running for food. They eat them all and usually as for more. I am unsure if this is a good way to feed them? Our friends have 3 chickens and they feed them 1/2 a cup of pellets per day, but I think I am feeding by birds around 7 times that amount! Am I feeding them too much or too little? I want them all to be healthy. Thanks a lot!