There are these horrible neighborhood birds that come in and eat the feed when the girls aren't at the feeder! I try to chase them away but they come back! I have chicken watch dog and he doesn't chase these little nasties away! He's too busy eating droppings from the chickens. So instead of chasing these monsters with a stick I got a plastic owl from a botanical garden. I put it near the feeder up high on top of this thing my mom got to grow herbs in. I haven't seen any pesky birds But... I have noticed that the chickens are cautious when they eat at the feeder. They're free range so I keep the feeder in the yard near the garden (big mistake haha see another thread i will post soon). One of my hens makes a clucking noise and that puts the rest in a panic and they flee usually. I moved the feeder but those birds came back! Aaargh! > I moved the feeder back and no more birds, but very nervous chickens. They're still eating but they're not into the feeder that much as they used to. Then today I bumped into the herb thing and the owl fell. It scared the chickens soo bad they made so much noise and flew clear across the yard. I tried to comfort them but they ran away from me... What can I do? About the owl and these birds.