I have free range chickens, but I feel as though they still eat mostly the feed that I give them. Is there a way to get them to eat more by foraging? Recently I have had to pen them in (about 1/4 acre for 30 chickens) because they were everywhere we didn't want them to be (in the garage, on the front porch, pooping up a storm!) So they have room to forage and several get out every day anyway. We move the pen every 2 weeks. Anyway, I raised a bunch of the pullets over this winter in MI, so they never had to forage because of the snow until they were 20 weeks or so. They are going through about 1 50 lb bag every 5-6 days (30 chickens). I buy organic feed and it actually is less $$ than the feed store stuff. I sell eggs so i promote them as free range, etc. I just thought they woundn't need so much supplementing! (It's pretty hard to make a buck when they eat so much!) I guess my question is, is this a reasonable amount to be feeding them? Or should they be foraging more. The 6 hens I had all last summer seemed to forage 100% and really didn't need much feed. These chix seem to wait til i feed them. They have access to food all day, should I wait until evening? Any tips?