How to encourage crows???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by doubleatraining, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My main predator problem seems to be from the random Hawk attack. I have what I would consider a number of crows/ravens in the area but what can I do to encourage them to hang out at my house? I have bird feeders in my front yard but I never see crows on them. The chickens aren't too brave and typically keep to the backyard....of course its more open in the back. They have places to hide but I always seem to loose a young pullet. [​IMG]

    The other issue is the random stray dog that hasn't gotten the 12g message yet.
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Maybe you could record the crow and replay it over and over again.
     
  3. WillieBoy

    WillieBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set up a feeding platform years ago for the crows.I feed them food scrapes in a queit part of my yard.Crows are leary of humans( probabley because they are often being shot at) and it may take a long time to gain some trust.The clan of crows around my land do a great job of chasing of the red tails when they come snooping around.Some complain of crows stealing baby chicks and eggs, i haven't had this experience.Of course i would never subject a baby chick to such a situation where a crow could pick it up and fly off.They never mess with my eggs and chicken feed.My chickens have learned to heed the crows warning when hawks are near.I have considered them a valuble ally for years.I haven't lost any of my hens to a hawk as of yet in 6 yrs.Dogs and coons are a bigger threat for me...
     
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I love my crows. As soon as they start carrying on, everyone runs for cover, because they know they are harrassing an eagle or a hawk. I scatter corn for them, and even now and again will leave an egg out on a chair for them to see and get. They do love eggs, so I figure thats cheap insurance to keep them around. They won't go into the coops after them, but will take them if I leave them laying outside in the open.
     
  5. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have crows around all winter because they love the compost pile. Last winter we started throwing meat scraps out next to the compost pile, too, and had even more crows. We lose all the crows in spring because a gazillion blackbirds and grackles move in to nest in our evergreens, and they mob the crows.

    Of course, leaving meat scraps out is going to attract other things you may not want, like foxes, raccoons, etc. Pick your poison. [​IMG]

    Amy
     

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