I feel bad about saying this when I see alot of the threads about "My hens aren't laying" or "Egg production seems down" so I'm counting us as blessed. We got our first small flock 12 days ago and from day one they've been laying machines (or at least it seems that way to us). Out of 6 hens (2 are too old to lay and one is suspect, leaving only 3 or 4 layers until the 2 new coops are built this weekend) we've been getting a steady 3 eggs a day. We've had a couple of days of 1 or 2 but almost like clockwork, 3 a day. I've been attributing this to the protein we give them. They get the standard Layer Pellets (16% protein) in their feeder and all the fresh greens they want as their coop is moved daily. I read on one of the posts that pond fish pellets are great for blitzkreiging the production (30% protein). Some time ago we bought a bunch of boxes of low carb spaghetti in a close out (10 cents a box). We had one box and thought it tasted horrible. I was reading the box last week and noticed the box was 224 grams with 104 grams of protein for 46% protein. The girls love it cooked (al dente of course) and the egg production as been steady. Since the pasta has 54% more protein than the fish pellets, we thought this may be the reason but I wanted to make sure that TOO MUCH would do no harm. I can't see any reason that it would but would rather make sure.