Someone is giving me a dozen or so white broiler hens and 1 roo next week. I am building a decent run and coop. He has been feeding them a Purina broiler feed and they are now about 7-8 weeks old. They are a group of birds from his son's flock for showing in 4H and FFA. Now to my question. I want to get them setup in their new home to start laying when they get to age (assuming 20ish weeks). I know I need to stop feeding them broiler feed or they will get too big and won't be able to walk and will end up in my fryer. Do I put them on a Start and Grow feed since they are still young or just immediately move them to a Layer feed? I know I won't get the egg production of a Layer Hen but I love fresh eggs. I will also be throwing in weeds, lawn clippings, and oyster shells for them. Once I get comfortable with this flock, I plan to add some Leghorn hens, RIR hens, and whatever else this new addiction leads me to. Incase you are curious, the area I have for the run/coop is 16' x 8' The coop is 8' x 4' inside of the total 16x8 area and closed in on 3 sides with one of the 8' sides open to the run. The coop will also have a roof. Basically, it is a run with a wind/rain protected area where the nesting boxes, roosts, and feeders will be. Since it does not get cold in Houston, I figure don't need 4 sides closed in. Once again, I am open to your ideas on this as I am still in the building process. I have all of my posts set but still need to lay the wire and build the 3 sided coop with roof. This is my first post so I hope I performed adequately and I am always open to feedback. I have read and searched on this site for the last few weeks and found it beyond informational. It's an extremely active forum with lots of folks willing to help and share ideas. It sure is nice to find folks like y'all. Thanks a million. Sorry for the long post and thanks for all of the help.