my hens are 19 weeks today and haven't started laying yet but it is definitely winter here and we are trying out different methods to keep the daylight hours going (newest method- LED light for energy conservation). There coop stays above 40 degrees with about 40% humidity without a heater in there. They have been on grower crumbles since we got them at 12 weeks along with some kitchen scraps and free range for about 3-4 hours daily. We also give them scratch in the evenings since I've read that helps keep them warm and they really love it! We are just about out of the grower feed and I am wondering if I can just switch them over to laying feed. We've been given a bag of crumbles and a bag of pellets from another owner that sold her chickens. Can I mix those together and start feeding them laying feed when the grower feed runs out? Should I mix the scratch with it (like 1:4) or just keep giving that to them free-style? I heard the pellets make for less poop (is that possible?? these little hens poop NONSTOP!). Any advice would be welcome- these are my first hens since raising them as a kid!