I've only had chickens for about 3 years now so I still have a lot to learn... I have a flock of hens of various breeds including Australorp, Welsummer, Wyandotte, red and black stars, Sussex, Marans, Orpington, and one Ameraucana. I feed a layer pellet free-choice, plus lots of veggie scraps. The feeder is inside the elevated coop so they have to climb the ramp and go inside to eat, and the scraps I feed is mostly green leafy vegetables and fruits like melons and nectarines, and sometimes small bits of corn, beans, cheese, etc. I really didn't think you could overdo on the fruits and vegetables, so I don't really limit this, but I also don't think that the amount I give the 15 hens is more than 10-20% of their daily diet. I had two Columbian Wyandottes that stopped laying. I decided that I would cull these birds from the flock because I really had no idea what could be the cause of their lack of egg production and I don't want to keep feeding a non-layer. They have suffered through bumblefoot, which I tried my best to clear up, but I just couldn't get rid of it in these two. I thought this might have something to do with lack of laying, but... I killed one of the two Wyandottes yesterday and couldn't believe what I saw when I started to clean and gut the bird. Gobs of fat, just absurd amounts of it. The inside of the gut cavity was one solid mass of yellow fat. It all made sense why they stopped laying, but I feel a little guilty about not recognizing the problem sooner. Has anybody had obesity problems in heavy breed chickens? How do I deal with it, especially in a mixed breed flock? I have 14 week old chicks that will be joining the adults soon, and some lighter breeds like Anconas are in the mix. Should I be restricting feed? Should I worry about how much veggie/fruit scraps they get? Should I just plain stay away from the heavy breeds?? Any advice is appreciated.