My dad and I just recently got 6 Golden Laced Wyandotte hens and 1 rooster. When my dad was young he raised chickens, but that was quite a long time ago. He tried putting feed out in a feeder and it seemed like they were not eating. We are using 18% layer feed along with cracked corn and oyster shell. We started just throwing a scoop (about 1 1/2 cups) of each on the ground and they seem to be foraging for it. We also give them fresh grass clippings, watermelon, lettuce, dandelion and all the crickets my kids can find. They have a very large fenced area to roam, but we have had some coyotes roaming so we don't let them completely free. I have been reading everything I can, but I feel like we may not be feeding them correctly. Should we go back to filling the feeder with the layer hen mixture and they will just eat when they are ready? What about the cracked corn and oyster shell? Are the table veggies and fruit ok? I just feel like we may not be doing things right and I want to make sure I am taking good care of my chickens. They are so beautiful and I think they are finally getting used to us. Thanks for the help!