From reading another post I learned that treats may not be a good idea for those of us waiting for first eggs. My newest girls are 25 weeks (assorted - columbian wyandotte, RIR, BR, dark cornish, light and buff bramha, among others). They are getting layer feed, but I also give them kitchen scraps and we feed grapes occasionally as treats. My first set of girls were leghorns who started laying right at 20 weeks and didn't slow down until they were 2 yrs old. So, the wait for these newest girls has been difficult. With the leghorns slowing down, we got down to 1 egg yesterday and I was forced to buy store eggs! I haven't bought store eggs for 2 years! Anyway, perhaps the kitchen scraps are diluting the protein of the layer feed. Suggestions on the other post were hog finisher and dry cat food. I don't know what hog finisher is, but I assume I could find it at the feed store? Do the chickens like it - will they eat it? As for cat food - not sure about the protein in that. When it comes to buying dog food for my puppy, it is dang hard to find good dog food with real protein in it. Wouldn't cat food be the same? I don't know, never owned a cat. Any other thoughts on protein - other than steak as I refuse to feed the girls sirloin simply to encourage egg laying!