So I am totally new to the whole chicken thing- we started our flock one week ago yesterday! We have two hens (a RSL and an Easter Egger) and four pullets (a silke, a cochin, an orphington, and a maran). I have really tried to do all sorts of research, but I don't know how much feed they should be eating. They are free ranging during the day. I usually feed them twice- probably about 16 oz of layer crumbles and another meal of treats. The RSL is laying everyday but I've only gotten two eggs from the EE in a week (she is young and she could be hiding them somewhere). Anyway, is this enough food? I've been just putting it on the ground or in a pie tin- do I need a feeder? Another question- they are in a large coop at night. They do not have access to food or water from around 8pm to 8am when I let them out again. Do I need to at least put water in the coop? Please forgive me if these are silly questions! I am really obsessive about making sure that any animal we bring into our family is well cared for (you should see the awesome tank my one beta fish live in LOL), and I want to do this chicken thing right!