Hello, All... I'm hoping for some advice about our recent development...Our chicks are ten weeks old. I had been feeding them Dumor chick starter from TSC since receiving the chicks via mail-order back in May. When I ran out of the Dumor, I visited a new Kent feed store in our area and the employee sold me a bag of "layer" feed. I only fed that to my chicks once, after doing a bit of research here at this forum and realized my chicks shouldn't have the added calcium--yet. So I'll save that bag for this Autumn... Next, I went to a different local feed store and was sold a "grower" feed. It was all they offer for chicken feed. It has 20% protein, the same as the Dumor chick starter had, I believe. But this new feed does not have the higher calcium. Do you think this is acceptable? Well, my chicks seemed to LOVE the new feed! I quickly realized, in just the first 48 hours, that they were consuming double the amount I had previously been giving them! (I have been keeping their feeder full at all times.) Now, about three weeks later, I'm beginning to wonder how much they are actually eating. The sand floor in the coop around the feeder is covered with the crumbles they've thrown out. Very similar in size to the chick starter, maybe a tiny bit bigger...so it's not like I switched from crumbles to pellets and they're complaining about that! I've tried not keeping the feeder full at all times, thinking they would pick through the sand if they got hungry enough, but I don't think they are/can do that....? They are usually given something else each day, whether it be kitchen scraps or garden goodies (carrots and tops, beet tops, cilanto, pea plants, etc) They have a small run that is still new and not picked over, yet, and they are rarely out to free-range. I would like their feed to be their main staple of their diet, so why are they throwing it out? Vigorous eating because they love it so much? Or are they telling me they dislike the new feed? Any thoughts would be appreciated--thanks!