Hi all! I've been reading that not everyone free feeds their hens. I am curious about this, as I don't want my girls to get fat. I have 9 LF hens and 1 bantam rooster. They are on flock raiser right now as their ages range from five months to four months and none are laying yet. I have been free feeding, but am wondering if I should switch to portioned feeding. How do you know how much food to put down and how long do you leave it down for? With winter coming, this seems like one way to help control rodents who might find a free meal. I also am interested in getting them outside for some outside time; they just moved in to their coop and LOVE it, and don't seem to want to spend as much time outside! Of course that could have something to do with all the rain and mud we have lately! I think they are grateful for a dry, mud free space to hang out in Thanks!