I have a major wild bird problem. I posted before and did what people suggested but it's not helping. Need some new ideas. Here is what I've done so far. I only put enough food out for the big girls that can be eaten quickly. As soon as I see that they are finished I put it up. However, I leave food out for my 5 week old chicks, since they eat a little at a time and often. But the wild birds flock the yard as soon as I leave and I don't mean a few, we are talking like 50+ birds! They are even getting into the coop to eat the food there and getting stuck, I have to open the big doors to let them back out. It's not only food they are getting but the water too. I have to refill (after washing) my chicks water container several times a day because the wild birds drink it dry. I have poop all over my back porch were my cat's water dish is too. I would remove the dish but the chickens love the fresh water I put in it (I have 2 ducks and they muck up all the other waterers). I have to feed my dogs at night just so they have a chance to eat before the birds come. I now feed the cat in the garage because they were eating all of his food. Don't like to do that since it attracts other pests and it's were I keep all my feed. I let my chickens free range over the back yard and have a smaller fenced off area for the chicks. I don't mind sharing with nature and I know it's been a rough year here with record breaking drought and heat, but I can't feed everything. In the last month my feed bill has almost doubled. I'm also very scared that the chickens will get something that will kill them or make them very sick. I can't sit out there all day and I can't afford to put netting over everything either. Don't want to put a fake bird of prey up either, we do have lots of hawks and owls here and I don't want my girls to get used to the site of one sitting there and not hurting them. Any suggest, no matter how strange, will be very helpful and appreciated.