As a very recent chicken raiser I have a host of questions. I usually learn by the seat of my britches, but these concerns are vital for my chicks. Don's ask me what kind they are, they were given to me but this rooster (the third in less than one year) :-( is black and silver. Jolly Ol' Fella. Hens seem to love being around him as they stick close and he clucks endlessly. So to the question (The Readers' Digest Condensed Version) .....how much "mash" do I feed them daily? I'm giving them laying pellets, and cracked corn and A. either crush up their egg shells and add it to the food or B. buy some Oyster shell crush. Should I be feeding them anything else? I have other questions too....John Henry Jr is keeping the hen's backs looking like Telly Savalis! (minus the lolli pop) He's rough on the Ol Gals but they're givin' me four big jumbo brown eggs/day so someone's happy! Good sex? What!? Is it normal for him to keep their backs featherless? Looks odd! Doesn't seem "normal". Thanx, any help is welcome! I just want them to be healthy and happy! Their eggs are roll-yer-eyes-in-their-sockets-good!