I have started to constant feed my 23 six month old mixed breed hens using a hopper dispenser that holds a 50 lb bag of pellets. When I was portioning out the feed each day I went through a 50 lb bag of feed in about a week. With 23 hens I figured that was about right; I had read that each chicken could be expected to consume appx 1/4 lb of feed per day. Long story shortened, I filled the hopper last week end, today, almost a week later there is still plenty of pellets remaining. I know they eat, for I watch them peck at the pellets, I have discontinued scratch for a while since that was all they wanted when it was available, to force them to use pellets. I am worried they are not eating enough. They are penned with about 4 1/2 sq ft of space/ bird, with plenty of litter to scratch in, have constant fresh water using a auto float controlled waterer. This is the first large number of hens I have managed. Do I read and worry too much about nothing. And yes, I am getting about 1 dozen eggs per day.