Hello everyone, My family just got our first backyard flock. We have 4 Rhode Island Red hens living free range in our backyard with a small coop. My dad always told me his chickens ate anything, but mine are really fussy- they only want to eat the commercial crumble feed! What we usually do is leave food and water in the coop in the evenings when we lock them in the coop, and then during the day leave them to forage for themselves in the (relatively large) backyard. When we let them out in the morning, we take away the feeder, and leave the water behind the coop in the shade. I tried giving them greens, cooked rice, strawberries, apples, even a half eaten PB&J sandwich... pretty much the first dibs of what usually goes in the compost bin. They had no interest, they just follow me around puppies until they realize I'm not giving them feed then they do their little be-gawk "what the heck" sound and walk off. I would like to diversify their diet since I've read bad things about corn and chickens- I am a home brewer too and I took one whiff of that feed and it smells like something I'd brew (mostly sugars) with not a very balanced or natural diet for a chicken. Any ideas?