I think I am messing up. Being from the south it is common to be told to "just get a bag of scratch" for your chickens. So thats what I have been doing. Now that I have joined BYC I am thinking different! Ya'll gotta help me! Ok... I have about 30 bantam sized chickens. (Cochins, Silkies, Frizzles, ext....) They are anywhere from 5 months old to a year old. Right now they are free ranging and they have been getting 2 1/2 coffee cans of scratch a day or every other day. (I know now wayyyy to much...omg!) I have lost about 7 chickens for reasons unknown since it got cold. I also haven't gotten any eggs in months. I know it HAS to do with the feeding! They have large draft free clean coops and clean water. No mites and no worms. So let me have it for the sake of my birds. I want them to be healthy and happy! First..... RIGHT NOW... while they are able to free range...... What do I need to be feeding them so they recieve everything they need? (I don't have access to alot of greens.) Second..... When it warms up and its breeding season and they are in their breeding pens/coops and can't free range often. What should their diet be?