I feed my chickens outside very often. I have recently introduced 5 new gals to the flock and I have been throwing feed and scraps all over the yard to keep the girls occupied. Since I have been feeding them so regularly, they don't really eat too much out of the feeder in the coop. The nights have still been freezing, so I keep their water heater in the coop where it can be hooked to electricity. I know mice come and try to eat the hens' feed. Should I just scrap the feeder and only use it when I am going out of town? My boyfriend used it when he and his daughter would check on them once a week, but I spoil these ladies daily now. To clear out the coop and make more room or not?