Owners should give hens a complete feed from a feed store to provide them with a full range of nutrients. Commercial feeds, which are designed to be well-balanced, provide hens with all of the nutrients they need. Hens should eat a balanced diet because they are omniverous animals.
The way in which the feed is provided matters as well, as hens adjust their diet according to the atmosphere and their energy requirements. During the spring and summer, hens usually eat less food, but they require more food during the winter and autumn to keep up with their energy requirements in colder weather.