Can chickens have cracked or chopped corn mixed in with the layer pellets ? We were feeding crumble (i think this is what it was called) . We now have 2 hens laying daily. My husband picked up feed today and came home with cracked corn and layer pellets. They also free range most of the day. Is this ok for them. Also since I have a couple of hens laying do I need to get oyster shell and put in the coop? My husband thinks I am crazy. We have 7 hens and a rooster (or could be 6 and 2). We have a bantam rooster and hen that free range ( they will go in the coop with the big chickens but they are real scared and fly out. Then I have a hen and 6 chicks. Trying to get him to build me another coop and run. I think I may be addicted !!! I want more!!!