My gals are now on layer mash - wish I could find organic (believe me, I've searched high & low and can't find it), but I've been unable to find any, so they're on Layena. They like it just fine, and the eggs are perfect. But - our winters can be mighty cold in Michigan, and I work full time. I'd like them to not lay in the dead of winter if possible (the eggs would just be wasted, as I'm sure they'd be frozen solid by the time I collected them, even though they've got a nice little coop), so what should I feed them instead of the Layena? Now they get free choice Layena (I've got a small feeder in the coop and a large one in the run - there's also quite a bit of grass left in the run). I do plan to feed alfalfa pellets when the grass dies through the winter. I thought that's what "scratch" feed was for, but I'm told scratch feed is not very nutritious, and actually more like a treat.