Just something I thought I would pass along. We have two Americana hens that had stopped laying completely for several months. I have a spacious coup for them, fed them chicken feed from a local feed store and we live in a mild climate. I searched on this forum and found that some chicken owners advocated making your own feed, and one of the ingredients was steel cut oats. I went to the bulk food section of our local Sprouts (a farmer's market-style grocery) and bought the oats, corn meal, peas, and other things that people suggested. They seemed to just pick at the food. Still no luck. Lethargic chickens and no eggs. We began to think that they were just getting old. Then one day my girlfriend fed them straight steel cut oats and they went crazy, gobbling them up. We also decided to let them "free range" in our backyard during the day and put them in the coup at night. After a couple of weeks we began to get the largest, most delicious eggs with rich yolks that we've ever had, every day. They found a spot beneath a vine-covered trellis where they like to lay their eggs. They are also a lot more spry and lively and are visibly gaining weight. They continue to gobble up the steel cut oats, supplement their diet with bugs and worms, and free range. They now know when I walk outside with a flashlight at night, it's time to go to their coop. Letting them free range causes a bit more of a mess to clean up, but its not too bad if you stay on top of it. This may not be news to a lot of you, but this is what worked for us. By the way, the steel cut oats are only 99 cents per pound.