My chicks/chickens are about 9 or 10 weeks old. All healthy and doing well. I have a homemade feeder...5 gallon bucket screwed to a planter dish. Fill it with their starter/grower and leave it available to them 24/7. Am I being too nice? Do they need this food available to them all the time? The have a 400 sq/ft area with lots of grass, grit, and I am sure...bugs. Should I back off on allowing them access to food all the time? A 50lb back is lasting me about a month right now and would love to stretch that out. I know they are self regulating animals but just not sure how to save without restricting them too much.