Help! I have three Old English Game hens, tiny little girls, living happily in my small backyard. They have the chicken house equivalent of "Fort Knox" which they happily go into at night and in inclement weather, but not a secure coop for daytime. They are very safe and secure at night, however, the door to their house is open during the day. Basically they are free-range in the backyard during daylight hours. While we sometimes see evidence of raccoons, we have not had a serious problem with predators. Our problem is that squirrels and pigeons have discovered the yard and the chicken feeding area - what a mess! My little hens are smaller than the largest pigeons and don't even try to defend their territory from them or squirrels. If I feed them in their house the squirrels get in and make a mess during the day. I hate to restrict the hens to a small coop - don't have room for a large one - they love roaming the yard and taking care of bugs is their primary purpose in life. They take this job very seriously. I'll start using cayenne pepper to irritate the squirrels, which will help. Any suggestions for discouraging pigeons? They are such frequent visitors that it stinks out there. ugh. Thanks!