I recently switched our birds from crumble to pellets. The feed store suggested that I layer it with the scratch. So it's mixed...pellets and scratch. I've noticed that our egg production has dropped off, and that there are a lot of pellets on the ground. I know it takes some time to adjust, so I'm determined to see this through...BUT...I'm starting to think that maybe they are just pecking through the pellets to get to the scratch. Would that cause a drop in egg production? Our layers are only eight months old. The thought also occured to me that maybe it's because they don't have oyster shell free fed to them? I had read that I can give them their shells back to them instead of giving them the oyster shells...any thoughts on that? I've never free fed the oyster shells so not sure if that would cause a drop in production...but could it cause other problems or am I ok feeding their shells back to them? Thanks ya'll...not sure what I'd do without you. I keep saying that in my posts but dang it...it's true!