A question on crows.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Honeysuckle, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. Honeysuckle

    Honeysuckle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A crow or hawk, something is killing our chickens. I have saw big black birds in the trees watching the chickens below. I even had a dream of a BIG hawk swooping towards me. If they're a why to stop the birds from coming?
     
  2. smokeater413

    smokeater413 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I 've never heard of crows being carnivores, but my family has had trouble in the past with hawks, red shoulder to be exact. I dont know what your local laws are but I keep a 410 shotgun loaded and handy for just such an occasion.
     
  3. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Crows will kill smaller birds, but usually if they are around my place it is for gaurd duty. Crows will push a preditory bird out of where they are.
    That doesn't mean that the crows are always on duty, they are usually up here harrasing me! (jk- long flight)
    As annoying as they are, I welcome them.
    The only way you are going to keep your chickens safe is in a wire covered pen. That is what the new word on the street is, the hawks have figured out they can zip the netting and go in.
    Also, could it be a fox and the crows are announcing it?
    Just a suggestion, hope I've helped a little bit!
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I agree. The crows around here never fail to announce the presence of the eagles. My chickens have learned to pay attention to the noises the crows make. Also, if a crow dares to land in the same area my chickens are foraging in the chickens chase them off.
     
  5. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Quote:Remember, it is a FEDERAL crime to kill native birds. Local laws have nothing to do with it.

    If you are caught, fines can range up to several thousand dollars and even jail time.
     
  6. smokeater413

    smokeater413 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    remember, it is a FEDERAL crime to kill native birds. Local laws have nothing to do with it.

    If you are caught, fines can range up to several thousand dollars and even jail time.



    I am checking with my state fish and game comission to see if there are exceptions to the law. I was unaware of this federal law, however I will protect my flock at all costs. Please understand I am not attempting to start an argument in this forum, and I appreciate you bringing this to my attention.
     
  7. Honeysuckle

    Honeysuckle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone.

    My father tried to shoot it, whatever it is. The bullet hit it, but at a odd angle so I don't think it's dead.
     
  8. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

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    be careful what you say about shooting raptors . it is illegal! Erinm
     
  9. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Quote:The law is called the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    It is *possible* to obtain a depredation permit in order to legally remove a bird that is killing your livestock. In order to get the permit, you have to go through your local Fish and Wildlife office. Amongst other things, the application process requires that you have already tried NON-lethal methods of control before you are permitted to use lethal means.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. [​IMG]
    I have had crows in the yard eating the scratch with my birds.
     
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