Over the past couple weeks I have noticed my chickens are going through alot of feed, got me thinking about others potentially eating their food since they free range all day-only head home for a nap/snack, etc. Well I caught a chipmunk eating from the outside feeder. But today I saw a big ol squirrel running down the plank (it found the inside feeder) and now I am upset. So my questions are: 1. Should I put the food away and only have it out certain times? 2. Anything I can do? We don't seem to have predators, hense all the cute and cuddly stuff running around. There is a hawk family nearby but it is so densly wooded by the coop aerial attacks don't work very well. 3. Right now the coop just has the pop door for getting in and out but the animals seem to like the gang plank, do the chickens need it? the coop is only 18-24inches off the ground. Any advice would be great. Thanks!