crows stealing eggs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by otterbrook, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. otterbrook

    otterbrook Out Of The Brooder

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    We are pretty sure that the resident crows in our area are stealing our eggs! Our chickens have a coop enclosed by poultry netting, so they are free to go in and out as they choose. However, the crows seem to have figured this out too. We have seen crows flying off with eggs in their beaks. At first we thought maybe the chicks were laying outside the coop, but we are quite sure that is not the case. Does anyone have any ideas on how to discourage the crows?
     
  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    OMG, that is amazing. hmmm maybe tie some pie pans in the doorway to the coop???
     
  3. caspernc

    caspernc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a very cool gas powered pistal pellit gun at Wal-Mart. 25.00 or so you will have to sit close to the coop the gas powered gun will not kill them but will really sting! Unless you hit them in the eye. (OOps!) Ok after several days of stinging them when they land and try walking into the coop. they will be looking for you. Think scare crow. build yourself in the chair and maybe once a week you will have to sit there for a couple of hours. They are smart but still a pea brained bird. I had to keep them out of my pond stream because of the poop thing when they bathed in the stream. I didn't want them to go away altogether because they do keep away raptors and herons. But you can condition them not to do something. But the eggs maybe more of a draw than a bath.......may take more negative inforcement.
     
  4. otterbrook

    otterbrook Out Of The Brooder

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    Too bad crows are protected under the Migratory Bird Act, the gas powered pellet gun sounds like the perfect thing for my 12 year old [​IMG]
     
  5. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Virginia
    Yep crows will def. make off with egg's if they can.I have never had any go anywhere near my coop's though.I had to throw out some duck and chicken egg's a couple week's ago.I just chucked them across creek.I could see the crow's carrying off a few of them.They usualy opt for easy pickings like left over feed etc.I had a lot around when I had my ducks and they would forage for the left over bit's of corn.Not sure how you would keep them out of nest area though if it is enclosed.Maybe a lot of other people had issue's with them stealing egg's in nest. Good Luck
     

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