I LOVE CROWS and MARTINS

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by beachchickie, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. beachchickie

    beachchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have an abundance of crows this year and they are giving the hawks a run for the money. The martins are doing their part too. The crows eat the baby bluejay and mocking birds out of their nests which I hate. But, while they are around the hawks are getting chased away which I love. I think the crows must be eating the baby hawks as well. Oh happy day!
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You must have a Ft Knox run and coop cause those food sources are gonna run out and they will be checking your set up out next
     
  3. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the crows and Blue Jays too, they are the best alarm for hawks!
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Crow numbers vary here and I am always glad when there are a lot. They are really rough on our hawk population. The hawks nest nearby if they can, and we've had a couple of attacks (and one foiled one) but mostly they apparently have better pickings elsewhere -- and with crows around they GO elsewhere. I have never seen a crow anywhere near the coop or chickens.
     
  5. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    We have Ravens here in AZ and they also will run a hawk out of their territory and though we do not trust them fully I have never seen one even pay attention to our chickens pullet or mature. But there are stories of Raven attacks on young birds since they eat them in the wild.
     
  6. Debbienmousey

    Debbienmousey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Many times we've seen crows/ravens chasing a hawk off through the air. And actually, one time my dad saw a hawk going into a dive to grab one of our guinea fowl, and a crow intervened and attacked the hawk. We assumed the crow had a nest nearby.

    And I've also heard stories of crows/ravens eating eggs. So while they may not be entirely good..As long as eggs and young babies are kept safe and secure the crows/ravens help to protect our free ranging adults so that is good news!
     
  7. blazensasha

    blazensasha Out Of The Brooder

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    I hate the crows here!They go in to the little door of my coop and fly off with my eggs.[​IMG]
     
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crows? I don't like them either, but the other day they did lead me to a copperhead. I saw crows run owls out of a nest years ago and eat the babies, and to this day I can't stand um. I even protect my hawks from the black feathered creatures. I know I have to protect my hens from the hawks. Crazy world ain't it?[​IMG]
     
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:they try to do that here they encounter my .22 caliber "spirit stick " they then die from lead poisoning I am kina fond of the hawks and my owls they keep the rodents down here
     
  10. beachchickie

    beachchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the crows can't get to my eggs and since they don't mess with my chickens and they do chase away hawks I will take them over hawks any day of the week. I have lost 4 chickens to hawks in 2 yr period. I hate hawks. I don't care what good they do. The bad they inflict is not a trade off for me.
     

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