We love our crows!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TennesseeTruly, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Crows have become our best friends! My family's and my chickens both. Every single time that there's a hawk around, the crows alert us to the fact.

    First we hear the crows.
    Then the roosters all start making the alarm sound.
    All hens, guineas, small ducks run for shelter.
    Hubby, grandson, and I all look to the skies and trees.
    Crows continue to call.
    Then we see the hawks.
    Crows chase the hawks away.

    This has turned into such a symbiotic relationship between us and the crows. And because we have tons of cornfields around we have tons of crows all over the place. We feed the crows some field corn daily, they in turn keep our flock safe. We couldn't ask for a better relatiohship!

    I sure do love crows!!

  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    yep- the crows and the blue jays are the alarm systems around here- it really is facinating how you become alot more aware of those interactions too... we had a pair of hawks coming by and the crows convinced them to move on...
  3. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    Our crows chase the hawks too.
    And this summer the tree swallows made th crows keep their distance from the yard!
    So, the crows kept the hawks 3 fields away and the tree swallows kept the crows 1 field away, and the front yard was filled with chickens and songbirds:)
    gotta love it!
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The crows are always welcome at my house. Not only do they warn of the hawks, but they give the golden eagles a bad time too.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2009
  5. Le Canard de Barbarie

    Le Canard de Barbarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Yes, crows are great. Once they chase away the hawks, they get easy pickens on all my ducklings.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    There was a hawk around this morning. First one I've seen in a long while. The eagles I see pretty regularly, but not the hawks. My chickens were staying under cover, as they usually do when the predators show up. Then the crows showed up and chased the hawk off. The crows are now feasting in the pecan tree in the yard and in the persimmons trees out behind the coop and my chickens are going about their business.
  7. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    McIntosh County, OK
    This am there was a pair of hawks flying over the chicken run.

    Within about 3 minutes, the crows came and chased them out. What's funny, I saw 2 crows flying one on either side of a hawk, escorting it from the area!! Just like the F-16s do our Air Force One. Soooo cool.

    I throw scratch out in the field for the crows.


    Donna Belle
  8. GroundParrot

    GroundParrot Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2009
    We had a hawk low-fly over today, right over DH's head. Had to put the girls inside the run right away - Hawkeye sat in a tree watching for a while then took off. We need some crows!
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    This time of year we get flocks of hundreds & thousands of crows. Must be some sort of cold weather or mating thing. Kinda neat seeing tree after tree filled with crows.

    Imp- channeling Alfred Hitchcock
  10. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Aren't they great!?! We have lots of ravens (the bigger "crows"). We have red-tailed hawks around...well, native to the area anyway. Gosh for bid they get in our area. The ravens gang up and harass the hawks! We LOVE the ravens!!!!

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