I went to the feed store today and got wild bird feed, etc. and some scratch food. While I was there I asked how much layer food was since my girls are almost 16 weeks now and I know I will soon need to change them over. The guy said the layer was $12 for 50lb. which I thought was good...then he said "If they aren't laying yet why are you giving them scratch?" I told him they can't free range here so I give them some scratch , weeds, scraps, etc. to keep them busy. He said my chickens would get fat and would never lay...I never heard anything like this here on the forum so I thought I'd ask you all. Of course this is the same guy who told me I had to keep my peeps inside for 6 months!!!