Okay, so I am going to ask a question that has probably been asked before, but I am unable to find any posts pertaining to it. I have 3 chickens, guessing about 16 to 18 weeks old. One RIR, one barred rock, and one white rock. My RIR started laying about 2 weeks ago and my barred rock has started squatting and checking out the nest box so I think she will go very soon. I am sure the other will be shortly behind because she was the smallest when I got them around the 1st of June. This is my question. I bought 3 bags of food when I got these chickens a few months ago. A 50 lb bag of Grow and Feed, a 50 lb bag of Scratch Grains and just recently a 25 lb bag of layer pellets. Every since I got them I have been mixing these 3 together fairly equally and placing in their hanging feeder from Tractor Supply (great investment). Some people say on here to never give scratch in summer due to the heat that builds up internally in the chickens and others say don't worry about it, they have been feeding theirs scratch for years with no problems. I am at a point where I am getting ready to purchase some more feed and obviously considering my RIR is already laying and my other 2 will be soon, do they need just laying pellets, or pellets supplemented with scratch. Do I need to stop the Grow and Feed? They free range in my fenced in yard, about 1 acre, during the daytime if that helps any. Should I give the pellets after laying or just before they start laying? There are just a lot of different feeds and I get a different answer from different people. Some have said just keep mixing the 3 and that will be fine, but obviously I am trying to see what is the most economical so I dont have to buy so many different types of feed. All answers are greatly appreciated and I hope this helps someone else as much as it will help me. It can be quite confusing. By the way, the shells and eggs are great from my RIR, so I have never given oyster shells or any of that because so far the eggs are great. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks again, this forum is great.