I happily spent every Saturday for 2 months last summer building my coop. I lurked here for several months learning all about the process of creating a safe happy environment for those egg laying wonders-the chicken. Easttxchick kindly held me 2 SLW hens until their new home was completed. My DH and I were excited to go get them. The girls promptly rewarded us by laying the very next day and continued until molting and short winter days made the rounds. I have learned so much on this forum and I want to thank each and every one of you for the vast knowlege contained here. Thank You, Thank you. Stella and Lola are very spoiled hens. I hold the greens I pick out of the garden for them to eat. When daylight savings time changed, it was dark when I got home, so I put their greens in the coop in the mornings before I left for work. That's not quite good enough. The girls refused to eat them without me holding their greens. My DH laughed at me. They also scatter the layer crumbles out of the feeder. They waste a lot of feed for only 2 persnickety hens. So I figured I would switch to layer pellets. Well, I didn't figure on Stella and Lola. They flat out refused to eat the pellets. I mixed pellets with crumbles. Nope. Not having it. I took crumbles away and fed only pellets. Nope. They would starve to death first. I even beat the pellets with my aluminum meat tenderizer on the kitchen counter, causing my DH to startle awake from his nap exclaiming, "What the _ ell?" I offered them smashed pellets as a transition feed and they turned up their hungry beaks at it. Sigh........ So back to crumbles it is. Stella and Lola happily scatter their crumbles even though I hang their feeder so they can't get their big feet in it, they twist their little birdy heads as they eat, sending a shower of crumbles to the ground where it is not now fit to eat. They win. I also come home at lunch, picking lettuce, cabbage, or broccoli greens and go sit in the coop with them and hold their greens for them to eat. They win. (I win too, caues it is so nice to spend time with them, LOL) Does anyone else have hens that will NOT eat pellets? I am buffaloed and getting pushed around by 2 hens, chickens rule. THEY WIN!!