Hi, new member here, though I've read BYC off and on over the years. Well, I've finally got some chickens. Actually, my FIL got them, but it's fallen to me to make sure they're happy and healthy. But I still have him do all the dirty work! We have 10 hens (and a rooster) who stay in a coop and enclosed run. Free ranging isn't really an option (for a whole host of reasons). I think the run is too small (nobody got my input before building the thing, oh well). So I started bringing bread crusts and weeds to the hens in the afternoon. This makes them very happy, and has cut down on some pecking I was noticing. Currently, when I go to the hens I bring a small container of kitchen scraps, an old bread bag filled with mixed salad greens from around the yard (usually dandelion, nettle, and grass shoots from the cracks in the patio and in the flower beds), and then I grab one or two each of going-to-seed nettle and sorrel and throw those in. That's all background info. So then I was looking around. We're somewhat rural and have some working farms and heritage areas around. And lots of weeds, and overgrown areas, overgrown areas full of weeds. Weeds like nettle (so much nettle!) and sorrel (which the hens love with a crazy passion) and dandelion, and the various wild varieties of chard. And since some of the farmers around here plant grains, there's bits of runaway oat and wheat and rye and etc. So basically, my ability to "forage for" the hens is only limited by my own capacity to grab the plants, stuff them in a bag, and transport them to the hens. This can all be done on foot, but still takes some effort. I could fill up a whole garbage bag or two of foraged material every day for the rest of the summer, and still have plenty left (or regrown) by winter. I don't want to toss too much in their run, but I also want to make sure they are happy and getting good nutrition. And I don't want to work yanking up nettle for nothing. So what's the optimal amount of "weeds" I should toss in their coop a day? I know they need to keep their protein up. I talked to FIL about the meat bucket/fly larvae contraption, and we might do that. I'm also talking to FIL about cutting back their feed a bit and adding a protein enrichment of some sort. I also know to avoid buttercup - there's not much around here anyways. So yes, I know there's various considerations that need to be accounted for. But I just need a general idea of how much green foraging I can/should put in a coop in a day. Or can I keep putting more stuff in until there's more than they want in 24hrs, and then put in a bit less than that? If it's a mixture that includes healthy stuff like nettle (which the hens pick at slowly, waiting for the prickles to dry out before stripping it clean) can I even throw too many in there for them? Or will the boredom of being cooped up cause them to overeat if it's there?