are crows a threat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by missychicky, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just moved and I have noticed there are a lot of crows in my new area. Is that bad? Are crows a threat to chickens?
     
  2. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Personally I love crows. They alert my free ranging silkies to hawks. I've never had a crow threaten my chickens.
     
  3. huntercf

    huntercf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cows are not a threat to chickens. Cows mostly will ingnore birds.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Crows are GREAT around chickens! They're good First Alert units for other winged predators. I wouldn't encourage them to join your flock in your yard or run, but to have them around is good insurance.
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Hunter, I think you need to put your glasses on. The OP was asking about CROWS, the black birds, not cows. [​IMG]
     
  6. huntercf

    huntercf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hunter, I think you need to put your glasses on. The OP was asking about CROWS, the black birds, not cows. [​IMG]

    You're right, sorry about that. 5 hours sleep doesn't always make for the best mornings![​IMG]

    So to fix this, crows are ok around chickens, they help keep birds of prey away. We have crows around here and when a hawk came in they chased it away.
     
  7. guineahen14

    guineahen14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen crows many times screaming and chasing hawks, I am glad they are around. They have never come near my chickens.
     
  8. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, good to know. I didn't know hawks would be afraid of crows.
     
  9. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To chickens, no. I wouldn't trust them around very young chicks, though.
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:They mob the hawks. It might be one thing for a hawk to deal with ONE crow, but when half a dozen and kamikaziing in on the hawk, it is not a happy camper. Grackles will do the same thing.
     

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