Will Crows kill chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by matmah50, May 16, 2018.

  1. matmah50

    matmah50 In the Brooder

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    Hello Eggers I have noticed when I free range my 7 week old chickens that there has been crows lurking in the trees and they never have been around. The chickens aren't super small but not bigger than the crows has anyone had an issue with them?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    I have never had them bother mine and I encourage them because they keep hawks away.
     
  3. Nardo

    Nardo Crowing

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  4. matmah50

    matmah50 In the Brooder

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    Thanks so much I guess I will keep them around then and great answer.
     
  5. aligarysmom

    aligarysmom Chirping

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    A crow was trying to make off with a 10 week old. Just so you know. They will try. Not usually successful
     
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  6. RWise

    RWise Songster

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    Crows will take eggs and chicks, and do nothing for hawks. I have both. Crows may defend their nest area from hawks, other smaller birds do the same to the crows. I myself pop a shotgun off and they go away to tell others to stay away.
    Foxes/snakes will kill rats and mice, I dont want them around either,,,,
     
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  7. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    I’ve never had an issue with crows being near mine. I will see the chickens and crows both eating the leftovers the goats dropped on the ground from breakfast. I’ve never had a crow and my run because it’s covered So I’m not sure about baby chicks and eggs. But I know when mine free range I’ve never had an issue with crows. But only my adults rate range
     
  8. Stepnout

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    I can’t speak about crows killing chickens. I used to have bob white. We used to have pointing dog competitions on released bob white quail. ( not shoot to retrieve just live flush, blank guns)
    Every field trial both crows and ravens would kill many of the bob whites.
    So I would vote crows will 100% try and kill chicks.
    I also think a crow would not go after a full grown hen or rooster. Not sure about bantams, I’m still a chicken noob as I will be picking up my chicks May 25 or 26
    Cant wait
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    If a crow is hungry enough or feeding babies, they will grab whatever they can - chicks are not exempt.
     
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  10. kriz the farmer

    kriz the farmer Songster

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    OF COURSE CROW WILL KILL THEY HAVE TAKEN OF CHICK AS WELL:he

    IT WAS HORRIBLE VIEW HE KILL HIM IN SECS
    HE TOOK HIM TO THE NEAREST TREE BEFORE I COULD REACT
    THE CROW CUT HIS THROAT:mad::he
     

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