My four Australorp hens would rather free range than stay in their $2,000 run and coop. They would rather scratch in the bushes along the lot line than grace the 10,000 square foot lawn I've worked to maintain for them. My question is this: Is there enough nutrition in the stuff they are scratching up to match the Purina Chick Starter? Now that they are out of the coop for at least an hour a day they have cut way down on the amount of feed in the run they eat, even though food is available for them all day long. I did have some feed get wet about a month ago, and they resist eating from that feeder, even though I cleaned it thoroughly. Here's the real question: Am I making a mistake with my feeding arrangements? The girls look healthy--maybe a bit slim, but they are just three months old. I'd appreciate any comments you may have. Thanks very much.