We've only had our chickens (3 Buff Orpington hens that are ~21 months old) for a couple months. We were feeding them from the bag of feed the guy we bought them from gave us (it was Countryside Organic soy-free layer feed). It was a grain type mix. We were getting 2 eggs a day and the girls were plowing through their gallon feeder in 1-2 days (but also wasting a lot by knocking it out of the feeder onto the coop floor). When we replaced the feed, we got a pelleted layer feed. They haven't been eating (or wasting) as much as they were with the other feed but we've also seen a drastic drop in egg production (only about 1 egg every other day) and size. I haven't had to fill up the feeder in over a week and it's still about half full! Right now they're only getting to free range about 4 hrs a day, but not every day (we just bought this property and haven't moved out there yet so they don't get to free range the whole day yet). So is a grain feed better for layers? Or is the pelleted feed okay and we just need to supplement with cracked corn or some other type of grain? Or is the drop in egg production due to the drop in temperature the last few days? TIA!