I have only had chickens for a year now, and our chickens are pets. We eat the eggs, but we do not butcher them. When something is wrong with them I've learned to cure many different ailments using homeopathic remedies rather than just end their life. I've read a few articles lately that layer feed is used to speed up the egg laying process, and it's healthier for hens to lay less often and they might even live longer if fed a different feed. So my question is.. what is available to feed them other than layer feed?? It might be a dumb question, but I didn't know there were other options. When I go to a feed mill they always give me one option. I know most people butcher their chickens and don't really care about prolonging their lives, but I find it sad that chickens are one of the most commonly abused animals on the planet, and I just want the best for my flock. Does anyone out there use a healthier feed than layer feed?