Hi, I have been wanting to throw this out there for awhile. I have read a million times on this site that chickens don't overeat, and I have always fed my chickens free choice, mainly for my own convenience. I give them kitchen scraps too. Well, I have had chickens for about 8 years and i am sorry, but they will over eat. my girls have a large coop and run, but if they are not let out in the yard, they eat about twice the feed! I used to go away for 4 day stretches, so I know how much they would eat if cooped up vs when let out to forage. I know that they are finding things when they forage, but it's mainly grass, so I really doubt that they are doubling their calories in my back yard. the real evidence, though, is that my hens are FAT. How would a hen get fat if they will not overeat? I know this is not the meat bird thread, so I hope that this does not upset anyone, but I butcher a few of my hens a year, and they have way to much fat. It is not stored in the muscle much, so it is alarming. I have butchered meat birds and truly free- rangers, and they do not have this alarming amount of fat, in fact, they have almost none. I have been wanting to cut down on my feed bill, and not feed local rodents, so I am going to go to once a day feeding, about 3 or 4 oz per hen per day, in a trough so even the "wimpy" girls get to eat.