They are well fed, 16-18% protien, oyster shell, greens, and they get out of the coop to forage for bugs and what not regularly. And yes they have good nest boxes too. I have 8 other "mixed breed" hens and am getting 4-6 eggs a day consistently from them. I will continue to be patient. As always thank you for your advice. This is a wonderful site and I have learned soo much from reading all of the previous posts in all the catagories. Cindy