I am new to raising chickens and need some help in figuring out how much to feed them. I have 6 all white hens (California White). At no time do they free range. I am currently getting an average of 5 eggs per day. They are getting fed Layena crumbles and chicken scratch mixed together in a hanging feeder which is currnetly full and has been for a few days. The problems is that 3 of my flock have lost feathers around their vents and tail feathers. They do no appear to have mites, but I have noticed them pecking at each other. I'm wondering if they are no longer going to the the feeder so yesterday I piled up there food inside the coop and they all attacked it like they hadn't eatten in a while. I wonder if I should remove the feeder all together and just put their feed out for them on a daily basis and if this will stop the loss of feathers/pecing problem. And of so how much food should I feed per chicken. Thanks for the input.