I've been giving 16 19-week-old chickens all the household leftovers for about a week. Now the little buggers are being picky about their regular food. Regular food consists of grower crumbles mixed with layer pellets, about 1/3 grower to 2/3 layer, and a bit of scratch grains, plus free-choice grit and oystershell. They don't seem terribly interested in oystershell yet, other than making a few investigational pecks. Treats consist of about 1-1 1/2 cups of cooked rice, 1/2 cup cooked veggies and maybe 1/4-1/2 cup of steamed fish twice a week, as well as 3-4 cups of half-wilted salad greens every week and the occasional tomato or half cantaloupe. Basically, I make dinner in the rice cooker, and whatever DH and I don't eat gets thrown to the chickens. I've been putting a handful of pumpkin seeds and buttermilk on their rice this week, to help keep any worms under control just in case. They eat bugs and weeds in their pen, but they've pretty well trampled everything in there by now. No eggs yet, although they've yanked all the straw out of their nesting boxes and made nests with it on the floor of the barn. They are not appearing to get fat, as they are barely emptying their feeder. They do congregate around the plastic bin of feed, like they can get the lid off somehow if they just try hard enough. They aren't getting exceptionally fat, and a couple of the girls seem a little thin due to what I thought was behavioral issues (the braver girls are normal-sized and feel heavy), so I moved all but the meekest little roo into another room. Am I really overfeeding the treats? Think they are not getting enough of their regular food, and maybe that's why they are slim? Does rice, veggies and salmon not have half enough calories compared to layer pellets?