i have rescued hens that i do not use for meat or eggs. they were on layer pellets, however since i don’t need the eggs i switched them to cracked corn, full veggies and veggies scraps so as not to put uneccesary stress on their systems. A few weeks after the switch i noticed that one of my girls is losing feathers around her neck. She also had an extremely pale comb one day but the next day it was bright red again. Another of my 4 is starting to show similar symptoms, her feathers aren’t falling out completely but they are definitely looking abnormally shaggy and dull. could this be from the sudden diet change? and if so, is there some kind of more nutritious feed that i could give them that does not promote egg laying? Am I wrong in thinking that putting them back on the layer pellets is putting unnecessary stress on their systems? are layer pellets bad for the hens in any way? they were laying about 20 eggs in a single weekend almost! which i know is far more than 4 hens could produce naturally. i thought the corn and veggies plus free roaming would be more than enough nutrition and they were fine for a while after the switch...Could something else be wrong with them? i already lost 2 of them to foxes and i would hate to lose more because of something i’m doing wrong! i heard that sometimes chickens do a mini moult at the beginning of spring or when their diet is changed. i also heard the pale crops and dusty feathers could be a sign of parasites so i’m curious to hear what some of you think! help please! & thank you in advance! edit: i have raised many happy, healthy, thriving free range flocks on cracked corn, homemade mash, and lots of vegetables. I understand that layer pellets have all the nutrients they need for consistent LAYING, but laying is not a concern for me and i would rather not shorten the lifespan of my girls if there another product out there that can help supplement some of the things they were used to getting in the layer feed and help wean them off of it.