My flock of 9 chickens and a duck were going through about 50 lbs of feed every six weeks or so. Then I hatched out 8 chicks. Lady I bought the eggs from said they were Australorp eggs but the birds are barred so they are probably crossed with a barred rock or something. Anyways the chicks are about 8 weeks old and now we are going through a 50 pound bag of feed in 2 weeks! That is crazyness right? is it cause winter is upon us? The big girls leave the coop every day to forage but the chicks are reluctant to leave, they stay pretty close to the coop and they are the ones eating up all my feed. What can I do to stretch out the feed cause the feed bill is going to kill me.