Hey there KDOGG331 .. When there was an injured Crow in the mob previously I also felt bad for him and my softer side wanted to catch him, feed him up, help him recover etc … I know, it is crazy but while I would like them gone, I also do not like to see them hurt.
They would be more than welcome if they were not so noisy and stopped stealing eggs, food and hassling the girls.
You are right, we do have trees, food they can steal and water [fish ponds] available for the Crows; a nice tropical oasis.
I thank you for your suggestions and no, they do not sound crazy.
We live close by to a wetlands reserve so there is already another source of food and water. They are ‘at their worse’ in the morning when they think I should be up and of an afternoon because they know that is when I let the girls out for a supervised free range. The wetlands reserve could be the reason their numbers are so high in this area.
As we can sometimes have 12-14 Crows here at any time, I am not sure a relocation attempt is going to work. They are not just a problem for me but the neighbourhood in general I believe. They would not only be waking me up but others as well. I have seen houses in our area that have plastic bags and CD’s etc hanging off their trees and shrubs and I am guessing the Crows could be the reason.
It is illegal for us to interfere with the Crows in any way; I have no idea why and with the numbers we have, I do not think they are endangered. I could call Council but I am thinking that they would rightly say that some of the blame for the issue is on me in that I have chickens and fish ponds which are advertising to the Crows that this is a great place to holiday.
Our runs are covered so when the girls are not free ranging, all is good. The problem arises on the weekends when they get to have supervised free range for the majority of the day and every afternoon after work. I could let the girls out and then close the run door but when they are spooked etc, they make a beeline for the safety of the run. Yep, anywhere a chicken can get in, a cheeky Crow will have no problem.
scratch’n’peck thank you. I do have ear plugs which I use on occasion. I am up early to feed the girls anyway so I guess it is not really the fact that they are waking me up but more the way they are doing it .. a cawing Crow outside your bedroom window is far worse than any alarm clock
Tee hee pattyhen .. expect a delivery any day now
I have also been told many times that Crows are Hawk deterrents. In the 6 years we have lived here I believe I may have seen one Hawk; not confirmed as it was very high and did not stay around.
Granted, the lack of Hawks could be because of the Crows and maybe if I did not have the Crows, I would have a Hawk problem.
I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that this will be an ongoing battle as long as I have the fish ponds and chickens; getting rid of either or both is definitely not an option.
Having said that, today the Crows have not made an appearance as yet. May be, the beating yesterday and subsequent nattering from trees has caused them to leave us be for a while .. go Dusty!