Hi all! I'm getting quite the little flock built up now. My bantams are 4 months old (I expect my hens will soon start laying?), my RIRs are 2 months old, and I have 8 one-week-old chicks of varying breeds. My first question is regarding feeding in general. First off, I put their food in the little feeders I have hanging on the wall, and they immediately flick it all out onto the floor. While I don't mind them doing this, since they can "forage" for it, it makes it a huge waste when I clean out their coop. Can someone suggest a better feeder that makes it more difficult for them to flip it out? My second question is regarding my older hens. I know I'm supposed to feed them layer pellets when they start laying as well as oyster shell. How do the other chickens know which are the grower pellets and which are the layer pellets? How will the hens know? Lastly, regarding my newest babies. I have a small cage inside the big coop outside. The babies are inside my house now, in a homemade brooder. At what age can I move them to the cage inside the coop? And again at what age can I let them out with the rest of the flock? I introduced my RIRs to my banties by letting them live inside the cage for 2 weeks so the banties could get used to them. They have been living together for about 2 weeks now and the banties still rule the roost. The RIRs, while growing - and are now the same size as the banties, will eventually surpass them in size, are still very afraid of them. The banties don't appear to be doing anything to them other than chasing them around sometimes, but I don't sit out there all day long to watch. I want to be sure my baby chicks will be safe, but since there are 8 of them, they will outgrow that cage by the time they are 2 months old. It's 3Wx4Lx3H. Thanks for any help.