I have 24 birds, and they are 17 weeks as of Monday. I am not expecting the girls to lay eggs right now, as I don't think they are mature enough yet. My question is the amount of scratch I feed them. I have read here, that scratch is actually not benefical to them. That if fed too much, will lower the protein that you are providing to them in their feed. I put scratch out to the girls daily. and I give them approximately 2.5 cups daily. I do give them other treats as well, but since they are now getting older, they have become more protein based than before. ( But it is so much fun to watch them with cooked spaghetti!! ) The additional treats are not daily, but maybe 3 or 4 times a week. Last week, I put them on Layena Crumbles from Purina. I don't think I am affecting their health, protein wise, as they are looking very beautiful with shiny feathers, and bright eyes, but want to get an idea if I am giving them too much. Thanks!