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A Crow Is Liking Our Hens

Discussion in 'Chickens and Domestic Fowl' started by Meerkat, Jun 25, 2018.

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  1. Apr 13, 2019 #31

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    If you want to make him a friend for life give him some peanuts.
    I feed the local crows the trimmings from the meat I cut. They don't trust people easily because I do live in the middle of farming country. But they have only refused food a couple of times.
     
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    I wonder how much you could sell crows eggs for at the farmers market.
     
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    I think you should check your local laws. In Washington you can't keep a crow as a pet or attempt to domesticate them.
    It is a bit strange because in some counties you can kill them and others they are protected... ??
     
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    In Alaska the limit is 20 crows a day.

    What you have there is a trans-chicken. It believes itself to be a chicken and has taken up a chicken lifestyle. From here on you will refer to it as a chicken or face the consequences. I would expect a SJW to visit you at any time threatening lawsuits, public shaming, and generally being ostracised by the community.
     
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    Around here you can kill a crow but not a raven so you better be sure its a crow and not a young raven. Or make sure no one knows...
     
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    I think the crows bachler days are over, he brought a another crow with him in past couple days. He now bathes in birdbath with us watching so he is getting friendlier.
     
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    That sounds like a really nice experience you have Hooch.
    I would really like to have some ravens here but think these are all crows.

    :thumbs:
     
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    :D:)
     
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    Thanks SheepD. He may not stay long after he is coming out of bachlorhood. I hope he stays though.
     
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    :LOL:Car I bet they are just glad the crow is not hanging around them. There are lots of Yosomite Sams :horseback: :Daround here who like to see feathers fly. Poor hawks are having trouble surviving them. Hawks have a place in nature like all other predators. They kill varmits.
     
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    I feed the crows in my area. When we are out working in the gardens the crows gather to watch and as we are putting things away the start calling to us. Like we didn't know they were there.;)
    I save meat trimmings for them. All the fat on the outside get trimmed before we can or cook it and the crows love it. I tried to feed them peanuts like I did with the crows in Seattle but they showed no interest in the nuts at all. They clean all the trimmings up and take them away to stash them for later use. I don't feed them daily - they need to be able to find natural food too. There are a lot of red tailed hawks here too and they don't get along with the crows but they also don't compete for food - except carrion. The crows will chase the hawks out of their area and the hawks will go after fledgling crows. There is no place close by for the crows to roost so they leave the area before the sun goes down. I don't encourage the crows to com close - they don't need to start trusting people - this is farming country and the farmers think they destroy crops and kill young game birds. They might be right, they stay out of my gardens unless the bugs are there and I haven't seen the remains of any game birds. I do know that crows are like people and dogs in that they are omnivorous and intelligent to the point they communicate (smarter than dogs). As much as I like the birds, I would never want one for a pet. You would have to keep them challenged all the time or they would destroy everything in sight. Crows are harder to train because they don't much care about pleasing anyone but themselves. That might be different if you raised them from the egg. They learn a lot from their parents and extended family in the first couple of years of their lives.
     
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    I don't want one for a pet, we have enough animals to care for as it is. But I do like watching them . SheepD that is a nice story. Wildlife is the prettiest when it is in the wild.
     
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    I agree - after all that is where they belong. ;)
     
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    :I agree::green man:
     
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    The crow has been stealing an egg a day. It takes it out of nest carries it to the road eats the inside then leaves it there in same place everyday.:eyeballs:

    The Black Star hen got a hold of crow yesterday and did a number on it. But it survived. Now we know why one of the B-Stars has been brooding so much. She is protecting the eggs from the crow.
    Don't know how to handle this little problem. Don't say shoot it ,ain't gonna happen. I know we should but I can't. I've become fond of the little thief. Been hanging here for a couple years now.
     
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    Hang fishing line around the nest boxes... crows will leave and not come back.
     
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    Good idea I'll hang some in the doorway. We leave the pen open all day so hens can lay eggs so he flys in through the door.

    Years ago we had a fish pond with Koi and goldfish. Owl took off with a couple of our Koi that were about 7 yo. We put fishing line over pond owl hit it one time never touched it again.
    Our dog Alice 'RIP' use to take the plants out of the pond every night and sit the containers up perfectly on the side. Never did figure that one out,guess she thought plants shouldn't be in the water. Fishing line stopped that too.
     
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    Mr Crow is now sitting on fence [ when he isn't getting a beat down by the hens ] demanding his peanuts or small piece of biscuits.
    No longer as afraid of us as before. He also hasn't stolen an egg in a week.
     
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    Meerkat,
    Don't forget to offer that crow some trimmings from any meat you have. I trim the fat from our beef and cut it into "worm size" chunks/strips. Our crow friends love it!
     
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    SheepD this crow is lucky to get a piece of bread 3 times a day, He is spoiled rotten now and raises cane if we give him layer pellets or a cracker.He likes bread the best.
    He thinks he is a black star I guess. Hens attack so now he parades in frony of heir fence sowing off his bread,which they love too.:)
    Just what we neded another spoiled animal.
     
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    Yeah, bread is like a drug for crows. They are omnivores and need meat, fat, fruit and veggies.
    Too much bread will cause problems. I have seen city crows that had huge tumors on their legs, short wings and turning white in splotches.
    When I trim roasts, steaks, and hams I cut the trimmings into worm like pieces and put the scraps out for the local crows. (a little at a time)
    They still need to be able to feed themselves but I can supplement their diet with some scraps of meat and fat.
     
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    Thats what I told hubby which of course he knows that, but he ain't sharing his meat alloence with them.He really likes the crow but not that much.
     
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    I trim the fat off before I cook it and if any is left after I cook it. I don't give the crows stuff I want to eat but it keeps them from taking the worms out of our raised beds. ;)
     
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    Try to save him some but most trim or excess goes to dogs. Hubby may go hunting one day then we will have timmings.
     
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    Yep! I remember my dogs eating a lot of the food we didn't. The advantage is that crows live longer. ;)
     
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    We recorded our crow and his partner in a tree looked like he was feeding her or more so kissing her for about 10 minutes. Hubby ran and got the camera to video it. But after listening to us talk I knew we had been in the woods way too long. We sounded like we just feel off the turnip truck especially me!o_O:eek:. We made Elmer Fudd sound domesticated. I wanted to show him to yall but :eyeballs::huh:
     
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