We have 5 chickens that are about 9 or 10 months old. An orpington (buff and lavender), Rhode islands, and a wyandotte. The Rhode Islands maybe, but I mostly have been told these breeds aren't really the foraging type. Their waterer has been sitting for 3 days barely touched, and they are mostly leaving their feed to get mashed into the ground. They've figured out how to escape their run and have been foraging over about a quarter acre. We have one girl who decided to do a small molt during the heat wave, and we are still getting 1-2 eggs per day. Eggs are great, strong, rich, uniform, etc. Girls and roo look fat and bright. I'm not going to change anything because they are obviously healthy, but I wasn't expecting them to become snobbish about their nutrition sources and bypass me entirely. I feel negligent, but they obviously were not pleased with my hose water and pressed pellet choices. Do chickens do this often!? Do they decide to just sustain themselves?is this a miracle that my budget should be glad for, or a pretty regular thing that my budget should still be glad for?