I have 9 ladies. 3 Easter Eggers and 6 BOs. They free range on just over an acre of fenced in yard. I'm feeding about 50lbs of layer feed a month. I'm very particular about the feed they eat but with that, comes price. I'm fine with that, need be, but my question is: are they supposed to eat that much feed every month? It struck me recently that maybe they are eating more feed than needed because I make sure their feeder is full constantly. I read a while back about letting chickens go a few days without feed to encourage more foraging. Should I be offering less feed or does 50lbs for 9 hens sound about right? Any tips on minimizing the amount of feed they eat? We feed scraps and/or treats and/or chicken suit blocks almost daily also. Thanks!