I've noticed my chickens are picky. They pass on things like earthworms; something you'd think would be a serious chicken treat. I just finished off the last of their starter (they are a little over three months old) and am now giving them a grower until they start laying (down to about 16% protein). I'm curious if they will gain more of an interest in worms and bugs now. I've been contemplating my strategy about feeding them in the long term. I had always assumed I would just give them free choice. Now I'm thinking I don't want to be doing that if they're going to be picky eaters. One of the big selling points for me on getting backyard chickens (small suburban back yard) was the pest control (especially if I can get them to eat slugs). Been considering giving them a minimal amount feed, maybe a little in the morning and a little before bed, then make them work for their food the rest of the time. I think we have enough of a backyard that they will be able to find a decent amount of food. Otherwise, seems like they're encouraged to just go for the easy meal. This last week was the first week where we let them out to free-range every day, but they ate pretty much the same amount of food as before (I suppose some of that could be chalked up to the fact that they are still growing). I'm curious if anybody else has had these thoughts rambling through their noggins, what you've done, what you've concluded.