Hi Backyard Chicken Keepers! Can you please explain the difference to me between "Treats" for chickens vs. regular "Food" for chickens? My four backyard pullets are 17 1/2 weeks old and have not started laying yet (I've heard some pullets lay early, mine aren't showing any signs yet of being ready). They have a coop and an enclosed run that they hang out in most of the day, and then have a 150 square foot area in my very small suburban backyard to dig for worms and eat some grass (most of which is gone by now). My intention is to give my girls as much of a natural feed diet that they would get if they were pasture raised, which means I'm doing a lot of guess work since there aren't a whole lot of pastures where I live. Currently I give my pullets Scratch & Peck feed for their "main" food source; am growing mini portable pastures of Peaceful Valley Omega 3 Forage Blend in garden flats (they get 1 flat a day to trim down); I purchase crickets, waxworms & mealworms for them because my yard doesn't really have many bugs (unless you count ants and my girls don't eat those); and then will give them green carrot leaf tops, kale, cucumbers, and ends of chopped veggies. Generally I've stayed away from feeding them dinner leftovers as a personal choice, though I have given them organic brown rice & oatmeal as a way to try to get them to eat the powder in the Scratch & Peck feed. So looking at what I'm feeding my chickens, what is considered a "treat" and what should be "full access"? And of the "treats" how much per day per chicken? Is there something else I should be feeding them that you recommend? I don't know how many bugs/worms/crickets chickens would get daily in a pasture, or if they would ever have access to veggie gardens. I know feeding your flocks can be a sensitive issue for many backyard chicken keepers, and there are a lot of opinions on the subject, but I would love and appreciate any insight you can give me. Thanks!