We have 6 chickens 5-6 months old. We have gotten 8 small eggs so far plus 1 without shell. We have been feeding them laying pellets and oyster shells in a home-made feeder. But they have to actually reach in with their heads to get to the feed. Would we be better off just tossing it all on the ground because when we put extra on the ground, they eat it rather quickly?? Anybody have thoughts on this, please answer!!!