My 3 hens are about 10 weeks old. They have about a 2000 sq. ft. section of my yard to roam during the day and are closed up in the roost at night. Sometimes I don't let them out early in the morning to see if they will eat the fancy scratch and laying pellets. The turn their beaks up at them and clamor to be let out of the pen. When they do get out, they eat the crickets and other bugs in the grass. I'm concerned that this winter, when there aren't any bugs, they won't recognize the chicken feed as food.