I'm aware that in comparison to stories of bears and snakes my predicament seems a little minor, but this did seem like the most logical forum to put this in. Where we live we have more sparrows/thrushes/other small birds than anywhere else in the UK. It's like a bird paradise. Lovely and beautiful. Downside is that they keep stealing seed off the chicken and ducks. We currently have a large feeder in each pen with a large lid that keeps rain off and stops big birds (seagulls and things) reaching under and getting the seed. However everytime I go out currently I'm faced with at least 40 sparrows the entire length of the garden helping themselves to the seed. None of my chickens or ducks are exactly going hungry, but when you get through 20kg (44 pound) of duck feed between 4 ducks in under a week it gets a little costly. I was wondering if anyone has any great tips to stop the sparrows going for the poultry feed. My mother has a nice theory that by putting up actual feeders for the sparrows they will go for them instead. I personally think it's more likely we'll just get even more sparrows and they'll eat both. Unfortunately my animals are all far too tame to chase them away. Occasionally one of my adolescent bantams will chase them away, but most don't seem to care about the hordes of sparrows eating their feed.