Our Silkies are 3 months old, they have been on starter crumbles since day 1 and since they have been outside whatever they might eat out there,(which so far appears to be nothing, I haven't seen them so much as touch a bug!). It appears our feed store has no more chick starter at the moment and I am pretty much completely OUT! Gotta get something. And unfortunately, gotta get 50 lbs of whatever cause that is my only choice. (we have 8 chickens). The feed store currently has "scratch grains", a "layer pellet", something for meat birds and something called "premium poultry feed", which I am kinda leaning towards. Mind you, you can't see what is in the bag, and it doesn't have the ingredients listed like my various horse feeds do, so I can't tell anything from that. My husband said the layer pellets felt pretty big through the bag, and being Silkies, they are still pretty small. Plus, they won't be laying for quite a while yet, so that doesn't really seem appropriate. I have no idea what "scratch grains" are, and I am wondering if the "premium poultry feed" would be okay? Can/do chickens eat any of the stuff that horses eat? Am thinking of sweet feed which has cracked corn, oats, barley and molasses. Horses rarely get any, once in a great while as a treat, just wondering if its something chickens would like as a treat or could eat if they're in a pinch? Theres no point in asking anyone who works at the feed store. They never know anything, usually some bored-looking teenager. So I figured I better come straight to the experts! Appreciate any advice!