I know that there are a ton of posts relating to this, there is just so much fluff and I have been through so much and haven't found what I was looking for, so here goes... I have 30 layers with 2 roosters. 5 layers are leghorns and the other 25 are various types of red's. They are on about an 800 or 900 sq ft run not including their coop and getting ready to open up another 250 or 300 sq ft on the weekends). I've read that they need about 1/4 lb food per day per bird. It doesn't matter how much I feed them hey always act starved. I did the 1/4 lb for a while (8 lbs a day), and they get roughly 6 lbs of wheat or barley sprouts (sprouts are 7 days, about 1.5 inches of roots and about 5 or 6 inches of greens). Plus much of the summer I was getting a lot of tomatoes and cucumbers so they were getting those too. So overall, it was easily twice what I've read that they "need". The greens were gone within an hour (or at least torn apart and they would finish it off within the next couple of hours), and the 8 lbs of feed would be gone by noon. I'd get home from work and give the veggies and they would act like they hadn't eaten in a week, fighting and clamoring to get as close to the fence as possible. I always cut up enough pieces to make sure there are more pieces than birds. I then went to "free choice" my feeder holds about 25 lbs of feed they would go through about 18-20 lbs plus the greens and veggies. I did that just to see how much they'd eat since some said that they will only eat what they need and won't overeat. But even then, any time I fed them anythi extra, they act starved. I don't want to starve them, but 18-20 lbs of food makes the eggs more expensive than the high dollar ones at the health food store even. Does anyone have firm knowledge of how much they need? Maybe "acting like they are starved" is just normal behavior for chickens?