Does anybody know whether those big black crows (internet tells me they are actually called the Australian Raven, anyway we call them crows) are a threat to young chickens? I've got one/some who come into the yard and they are up in a tree next door (there's a nest in there, not sure if it's theirs or somebody else's).
My new chooks are about 9 wks and 12 weeks, so they are "proper chooks" not chicks, but they are little. The run attached to the house they are in is covered, but the big run/yard I want to let them out in has no roof, it's just a fenced area of the backyard. Wikipedia says those crows eat grasshoppers and things but can eat baby galahs...my chooks are bigger than a full-grown galah (my galah, anyway, I think the eastern states galahs are bigger than the WA ones). Do you think they'd be ok outdoors. Has anyone observed those crows being murderous? (they shouldn't have to, there is plenty of other food around for them to scavenge)
They eat eggs and young chicks. I think by 9 weeks the chooks should be ok to defend themselves