It was time to start Pearl (due in about 6 weeks), and the juniors on Free Choice alfalfa pellets. We have found these buckets to work really well, with the bucket hook set between 16 - 20 inches off the ground. The girls appear to really love this new-to-them dietary requirement. Pearl, being their pregnant queen, is first chow down to her heart's content. Once she has filled her current pregnant-stomach capacity, she backs down and lets the girls start eating as much as they want.
We choose to feed alfalfa pellets free choice at this point to help the growing girls reach their potential a little sooner, and to our pregnant girls at this stage in pregnancy to help them grow their kids, maintain good condition, while growing their udders.