My home has become 'Crow Central' Why?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Teila, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so jealous! I WANT crows so bad! Hawks are awful here, and I absolutely love crows...
    I have done extensive research on them. And yes, they remember faces. Not only do you chase them with the broom, but you stole their turtle dove lunch...they may be at this point TRYING to make you mad, lol! They're very smart birds...
    As to getting rid of them, yeah it's probably partly thanks to the chickens. But, that can't be helped. So, I'd try to get them to go somewhere else by offering them food on the OTHER side of the yard or something.
    They're gonna be pretty hard to get rid of now that they know you have what they want, and I don't support shooting crows, so I'm out of ideas. Good luck with them, and tell them to come over to my place [​IMG]
     
  2. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes, and meant to ad...They will tell their children about you. You've got years of crow revenge coming if you can't get them to leave. If it were, me I'd try to make friends. Sounds weird, but if you feed them and feed them cheese puffs and french fries, they'll remember that more than the broom and stolen lunch...
    They can be very friendly and fun to have around if you make friends with them. If not, and you can't get them to leave, it will come back to haunt you. While they're awesome, these birds are seriously creepy...they'll never let you live it down. They'll tell their family, friends, and children for generations. Encouraging, I know [​IMG]
     
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Tee hee MadamPoofyBrow I have a box which should hold two Crows … expect a delivery shortly! [​IMG]

    Yep, I do believe that I am on their hit list!

    As my neighbour feeds them “on the other side of the yard”, I am concerned about encouraging them by actually giving them food.

    I definitely appreciate your thoughts and input and making friends with them may be an option but if I make friends with them, they are likely to have babies soon as they appear to be a couple and the babies are going to hang around who in turn might bring in more friends?

    Having experienced a mite infestation from a visiting Bush Turkey, I worry about mites and other ‘nasties’ they may bring with them?

    If the consensus is ‘we make peace’ I am happy to do that and yes, they may be fun to have around but would it stay at just them?

    Hurting them is definitely not an option for me ... I couldn't do that.
     
  4. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah...mites could be a problem. And they will definitely bring in more friends. Crows are so hard, because if you make friends with them they'll bring you more friends. If you make enemies, they'll never leave you alone because they want revenge.
    I don't know how to fix the problem...why'd they have to be so smart!?!?
    Everyone thinks I'm so weird cause I absolutely love crows and very few people share my feelings. I've been trying to attract them, but I guess they don't like woods and we live right in the middle of ten acres of solid trees [​IMG] I should start a club called 'save the crows!' but there'd only be like two members, lol!
    Maybe you should plant trees everywhere, and they'd just leave cause they seem to like more open spaces? I know, I'm full of doable solutions, lol!
     
  5. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh but wait, I have an idea! Make a SCARECROW!!!!! Or like five of them and steak them out around your house!
    No crows harmed, no more crows (at least not as close) and everyones happy! If it would work...
     
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  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hhhhm, OK, so at the risk of inviting more evil friends bearing unwanted nasties, befriending is now off the table.

    As mentioned before, hurting them is also off the table.

    This leaves me with one option, convincing them that my garden is not the coolest place to live … boxing them up and sending them to MadamPoofyBrow is definitely at the top of my options list at the moment and a scarecrow could be another possibility but not sure it will look good in the garden and if a crazy woman with a water pistol and broom is not scaring them, it would have to be one uuuugly looking scarecrow .. lol

    Other options will be appreciated?

    PS: my garden ………….

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  7. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, you have a cool garden!
    And that's true, if they're not scared of you, they wouldn't be scared of a scarecrow unless it was absolutely HORRIFYING, lol!

    I will be thinking of a humane way to make your garden seem un-cool and let you know what I come up with!

    Oh, and weird request, do you have any pics of the wild parrots? We raise parakeets and I think it would be so awesome to live where there are wild ones!
     
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Thank you MadamPoofyBrow, I spend a lot of time in the garden and enjoy the results.

    Today I purchased a couple of Chinese Lanterns and a Whirly-thing which I managed to get to hang from their branch in the front tree. They may get used to it but for now it might make them think about roosting elsewhere.

    I also purchased a couple of colourful windmills and placed them under the gazebo with another Chinese Lantern.

    Lastly, I made a very long, light weight pole with which I can reach up into their tree. If they do attempt to roost, I will chase them off.

    They already hate me so I probably cannot make it any worse than it already is [​IMG]

    These little guys (Lorikeets) are feeding in my tree (Sorry, I lost the original image and had to copy from another thread on which I had posted it)

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    And this little one (Turtle Dove) was nesting near our gazebo before the Crows got her and her chicks [​IMG]:

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  9. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is sooooooooo cool! It would be so amazing to have this win the backyard! That's it, I'm moving to Australia, lol!
    And that's so sad about the turtle dove! Those rotten crows!
    And hopefully your new garden decor will make them wary for awhile!
     
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  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    So, I may have scored a small win in the War on Crows.

    The new ‘decorations’ appear to have improved things a little.

    One Crow thought he might tempt his luck at roost time but I used the long pole to convince him to sleep elsewhere. He actually looked a bit shocked that I could reach him [​IMG]

    It is a long piece of metal conduit with a circular timber batten attached; light weight, flexible and long enough that I can reach way into the trees.

    This morning was the quietest the neighbourhood has been for a long time; I can hear Crows but they are a long way off from here.

    I am not kidding myself into thinking that I have won and I am sure that once they get used to the new ‘decorations’ they will be back but that is when I bring out the big guns … Plan B:

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    Edited to Add: I went ahead and ordered the CD; will let you know if it works.
     
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