Sorry guys,, But I 've heard and read so many different things.. It is hard to determine which is correct and which is not... So I would appreciate any advice that any of you can offer.. Now,, We are moving on to step three..lol.. Laying.... So I have a number of questions... We free range our little chickies,, No run,, not yet,, soon though,, but there is a ramp for them to get into there coop at will.. With 11 hens, I have 2 right now that have laid an egg... Is now a good time to start Layer feed..? With 16% Layer feed... Is pellets better that crumbles or is it really just about the $$? Layer feed should be non - medicated? Is Oyster shells always a good thing to leave out for them now that they are starting to lay,, or is it something to give just when the shells appear soft.? Do you mix the oyster shell with their food or leave it out free will..? During the winter is there something else I should be leaving out for them free will because of the snow covered ground and no sand or dirt for them to peck at ? I have heard that Grit is the only thing.. I leave the food and water going 24/7 in their coop.. which we lock up at night and open up in the morning.. We have a covered bin that houses their food kept in the shed with the coop, just not in their coop. Is this a bad thing (ie rodents), Whats up with the Apple Cider Vinager in the drinking water? Should I be putting some into their water? Well.. I think that is it... Hope I don't burn ya out !