Do you consider crows friend or foe???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenboy95, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. chickenboy95

    chickenboy95 Songster

    Dec 12, 2008
    se ohio
    Who where considers crows friend or foe.
    I was just looking outside my window and I saw one eating the corn off the cob i threw to the deer.
    Do they harm chickens or anything. I dont mind them eating the chickens feed as long as they dont carry lots of disease that can be easily transmitted from them to my chickens.
    What are all your guys thought and opinions on them?
    I heard they are good for scaring hawks away, is this true??

  2. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    Nov 12, 2008
    Crows will NOT allow a hawk to hunt while they are in the area. I've seen them chase hawks all over the air until the hawk flew away.
  3. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Definite friend!!! Always chasing the hawks away...
  4. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    Friend, they do scare hawks away.

    Not friend when they get in the pecan tress.

    What are you gonna do.

    Let em have pecans. [​IMG]

  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    We've never lost a chicken to a raptor. I'm convinced it's partly
    due to all the crows we have around. I'd feed them if I could.

    Definate Friend!
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA

    I spent all spring and summer having to get up at the crack of dawn to collect my duck eggs as if I wasn't out there every 20 minutes the crows would eat them or carry them off.
  7. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    I love Crows! I had a pet one as a kid. They patrol your area well and are the first to run off a hawk. I have heard of them molesting poultry, but we have never had any problem here, and I free range. I think, perhaps they have ample food here.

  8. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    They are the best!!! Dont let them near your hatchlings or eggs, they will become crowling food!!!
  9. sandypaws

    sandypaws Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    do you mean REAL "CROWS"... or ravens???
    around here we call them crows.. but they REALLY are ravens..

    ravens...FOE.. they eat my eggs... they have gone after my chicks.. they eat any leftovers i give my chickens.. they bring their dead things and "wash" then in the birds water (so gross)
    they harrass my whole barnyard

  10. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Crows? Friends.

    Ravens... well, I like ravens, they are smart, incredibly smart!!! They also chase away raptors too, just like crows, but, yeah, they WILL go after chicks and eggs, so even if you free range, as long as you isolate nest boxes and chicks where they can't get to them, FRIEND also.

    Where I live in Ohio, there aren't any true Ravens, so the Crows are my friends.

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