So back in March we got two chicks. One was a light Brahma and the other was a Cochin. Brought them home without discussing it with my significant other and she fell in love immediately. So I took our son back to the store the next day and got another light Brahma and a buff laced polish. Of course that wasn’t enough for me so I went to another store and got two buckeyes. Fast forward four weeks and while trying to train my German Shepard/Lab mix not to eat them she got one of the the Buckeyes we had named sassy. So I went to the store and got two more chickens, this time calico princess hybrids. During spring this year the gnats were really bad and exploited the poor design of the buff laced polishes head and she ended up dying of exhaustion from gnats literally feeding off her head. If you can’t tell by now I have no idea what I’m doing. After the dog killed one of the buckeyes she was “punished” by being kenneled in the garage were I was keeping the chickens for three nights. Dogs I know. They’re pack animals and wish to be with the family they Bonded with, separating her broke her heart and while I felt terrible about it it was extremely effective in curbing her desire to eat the chickens. Since the we’ve had no issues with the dog even when she is left out for awhile on her own with them. On to the purpose of this thread. The Buckeye has already reached maturity and has also already killed at least one mouse and has been lying an egg every 24.5 hours for the past six days now. Really like the Buckeye she free ranges really well and catches mice, what’s not to like other than the reported low egg production and medium sized eggs? Ok so now that that has been established... I have six chickens free ranging .5 acres of land. Two Light Brahma, two Hybrids, a Partridge Cochin and the Buckeye. What I have out for them is rock grit, oyster shell grit, Purina medicated starter feed (will buy non medicated after this bag), whatever of course and a three grain blend of corn, oats and barely which I put in a mason jar feeder. The problem is they’re eating much more or the 3 grain feed I added in than they are the starter feed. We also give them tablet scraps and moist cat food along with dry cat food, tuna and bread etc as no scrap food. I’m concerned because they really favor the 3 seed feed over the starter feed. One part of me is saying they’ll eat what they need, after all that’s how the grit works. They seem to eat it as needed and no more. But the feed is “balanced”, should I be concerned about them over eating whole grains and cat food? I don’t just want to give them processed feed. Even after give them cat food and sweet corn they still go out and eat the grass and weed on the property but they don’t eat any of them as much as they eat then 3 grain feed. Should I just keep offering them all sorts of things and let them decide what they want or should I control their diet strictly?