I have been using feeders for my birds. They have the run of my backyard during the day, and are cooped up at night. I have one hanging feeder in the coop, and 2 feeders positioned in different spots in my backyard. The feeder method I have been using is good because I do not have to worry about feeding them as much during the day, and, in theory, I can leave full feeders and drinkers and go out of town for a while (so long as I have someone to open/close the coop at night for predator protection). However, because of rodents, or whatever, the feeders are usually knocked over when they are left out of the coop. I started taking the feeders in and out everyday and sometimes the birds knock them over or poop in them. I am thinking I am going to start just throwing out an amount of food every day and stop using the outside coop feeders. That is, I will throw feed, and whatever scraps or treats I have that day in the same spot. I will keep the hanging feeder full in the coop. I have 5 birds, about how much feed do you think I should throw everyday? I also usually throw about 3 or 4 cups of vegetable, fruit, and meat scraps out every 3 days or so. Thanks!