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Well I mostly leave them alone, but last summer the flock of chickens I was feeding suddenly started eating about 1/3 more feed than they had been and egg production went way down. After some observation I found that a flock of 200 or so starlings were eating all the food, literally crawling over each other to get the feed! Hmm, I have an idea-got 20+ in a couple hours, then 8 the next day, then had my wife put up a scarecrow.  Problem solved!