Tell me about it... I’m convinced that I feed the rats more than the birds. I’ve thought about putting out rat poison but with me having cats and guineas (and the occasional visit from the neighbors’ dogs)... I don’t think that it’s a realistic option.In addition to the above, make sure you do not have vermin feasting on your feed. Rats, mice, squirrels, wild birds can all make a big dent in your feed bill.
I left my 5 gallon no spill bucket like aart wrote up in the yard overnight once. The dang thing was 100’ away, and deer tracks everywhere! From what it looked like, once tipped over, it was similar to the dog treat toys. Roll it around and claim your prize. Wash rinse repeat.I've learned deer also love, love chicken pullets