I was just skipping through threads on here and came across the subject of feeding laying hens. The discussion got a little heated and I got kind of lost. A few people mentioned that feeding a layer pellet or layer crumble while they're molting or not laying isn't beneficial and that also feeding a layer while they're not laying can cause a calcium toxicity; I would like some more information on this. I have nine hens and a Rooster, all the same age. They started laying in June/July and I was averaging 7-9 eggs a day. Now that I'm only getting about 2-3 a day I was wondering if there is a healthier diet I should be feeding them until they start laying more. I'm currently feeding a 17% protein layer pellet, they free range a few hours a day, and I give them kitchen scraps and other treats occasionally. Today I'm going to pick up some BOSS for them and they also need a new bag of food, so just thought I would see what people's input was.