Do crows go after 7 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GoodLuckCharlie!, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. GoodLuckCharlie!

    GoodLuckCharlie! Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    I hurt my shoulder and haven't finished covering the coop/run or building the daytime covered area for the chicks so they've been roaming free in the 1/2 acre yard for the last 2 weeks...I left the house today and when I got home, my neighbor said she saw a crow and huge commotion with our chicks, and thought one was eaten by the crow. My husband says crows only are scavengers, but I think any bird larger than our chicks would be willing to eat one. Any experience with that?
  2. wingsofglory

    wingsofglory Songster

    Feb 15, 2011
    Palmer Alaska
    They find the nests of wild birds and eat the hatchlings in the nest, live.

    Magpies, a crow cousin, go round here and clean out all the swallow nests of babies.
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Hi, Laura.

    Ravens, the large black crows will certainly take live chicks to feed their own chicks by and large. The chicks are only safe from ravens when they are about pigeon size.
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Oh, I think so! Crows swoop down and peck my cats. They are pretty brave.
  5. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    If they are bantams, then I suppose it is possible. Your husband is right. Crows ARE scavengers, but like chickens will eat just about anything. Crows are not really known as
    predators, but I suppose they could attack a living animal their size, although I have never seen or heard of it. They WILL steal eggs by pound though.
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Watch out for blue jays. Someone posted a while back they lost their chick to a blue jay. I personally would keep a close eye on the chicks outside. It's not safe for baby birds of any kind to be out in the open.
  7. PetRock

    PetRock Crowing

    Apr 28, 2010
    SF Bay Area, CA
    We have scrub jays and crows here. The crows usually are in the tops of the trees and I've never seen them swoop down to our yard. The flock just seems to ignore them. The scrub jays, on the other hand, do swoop over the chicks and our broody mama took off after one that came too close to her chicks. I don't know whether he would have taken a chick but they were only 2-3 weeks old at the time. I guess mama thought that he was a threat. She almost flew into a palm tree to get him! We have the biggest problem with an egg stealing jay. He is brazen and flies right into the coop to take eggs! He pecks a hole in them and carries them off! [​IMG]
  8. Fool

    Fool In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2011
    I've seen a single crow actively chasing and attacking a small cottontail. Also, seen one carry a live sparrow off.
  9. turbodog

    turbodog Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    A crow will snatch a tiny chick up almost a quick as a hawk. They are well known for raiding the nests of other birds and making off with the babies.
    I don't think your chickens are in any real danger from a crow when they get to 7 week size. I've got a deer feeder out near where my coop is and crows come around looking for the corn in it. My chicks are about the size of yours and the crows ignore them.
  10. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Crows will go after hawks with a vengeance because they see them as a threat. So while they will go after animals bigger than them, I think it's more to run them off than to eat them. That might explain them swooping down on cats. Especially if they have a nest nearby.

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