We've had a cold winter and suddenly been inundated with HUNDREDS of starlings. There is no food or water left outside --- the chickens are fed in their coop. But now the bold starlings are walking right in the front door of the coop. When I opened the back door of it this morning there were 20+ panicked starlings bashing into walls trying to get out. I found the heated water dish disgustingly full of starling poop, and we are going through layer feed and scratch grains faster than I can buy it. I'm disappointed that my rooster or my head hen don't chase out the intruders, but they pay them no notice. I'm worried about disease and mites too! My hubs wants to get some of those big round yellow balloons with the giant eye printed on them (we see them in local vineyards). But I don't know if they work for starlings, and I don't want to terrify my chickens! Should I get a starling trap? (And how do I dispose of them after I've caught them?) A cat? (not sure how to encourage it to guard the chicken yard...) A BB-gun? How is everyone else handling this situation?