My hens aren't growing their feathers back as fast as I would like, and looking pretty frumpy. I don't think their egg pellets are doing the trick. I found, on a website, a person who sounded very knowledgable, telling to feed just grain, the way chickens are supposed to eat. Said the pellets are getting made cheaper and cheaper, so the feed stores can keep up their bottom line, but that the quality is getting worse and worse. That "grain by-products" on the sack means chaff & dust off grain, and the red stuff off corn cobs, etc. and they use some sort of clay? to hold the pellets together, etc. They suggested I just feed 6 parts oats, 2 parts wheat, and 2 parts barley. and keep out oyster shell and grit, which I always do anyway. Does anyone have any experience doing this? I got a couple sacks oats, a sack of wheat and a sack of Barley. They WERE NOT cheap, but best I could figure, when mixed, should end up not costing much, if any, more than the pellets. What do some of you who have fed whole grain to chickens think? My chickens seem enthused about the mix when I put it out. I left a feeder of pellets, and added a feeder of the grain mix. In a couple days I will just mix them together till I am out of the pellets. any additives you think they will need badly?