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HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!

 
We Are Dust (OP)

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I am trying to conserve peanuts and money. LOL


know what ya mean, i have been having to use my beer money to feed the birds. black oil sunflower seed has doubled in price. it's not bad when the weather is not too cold, but when it turns nasty, it's an all day feeding frenzy, i go thru a 25 lb. bag in 5 days. scary. they like to take my dogs rachel ray dogfood that i put a little olive oil on, back to their nests. i think it helps them get thru subzero nights. i worry about them like they are my babies(they are my babies all hundreds of them.)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 620559


It is getting EXPENSIVE isn't it?


WOW! 25 lb in 5 days? Yikes.

Hey, about the olive oil on the dog food:

What's that for?

Curious.
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02/26/2009 12:41 PM
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
back when clothes lines were used my gram had a crow that would wait for the laundry to be hung and it would pic at the clothes pins poop on the clothes and let them fall to the ground!CUTE what a trip! I wish I had some here!
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02/26/2009 12:45 PM
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I knew a farmer who had problems with crows once...They used to fly in and try to destroy the pecan trees (15 of them)...

He'd kill one and hang it upside down in one of the trees.

No more crows would go to that pecan grove.


Thanks. I know that does work.

However, I could never kill a bird. (or any other living creature)


In the OP I said that I hung a black rag to feign a dead CROW.

But, it scared away other birds.

My intention was to scare away the CROWS only.


I like the screen idea a lot from JAT, and thought to try that.
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02/26/2009 12:49 PM
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
I knew a farmer who had problems with crows once...They used to fly in and try to destroy the pecan trees (15 of them)...

He'd kill one and hang it upside down in one of the trees.

No more crows would go to that pecan grove.


Thanks. I know that does work.

However, I could never kill a bird. (or any other living creature)


In the OP I said that I hung a black rag to feign a dead CROW.

But, it scared away other birds.

My intention was to scare away the CROWS only.


I like the screen idea a lot from JAT, and thought to try that.


Wimp.
 Quoting: Lost Fisherman


hee hee.

I see you are armed and ready.


Hey, don't shoot, I am unarmed!

signed,

An anonymous CROW.

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02/26/2009 12:51 PM
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The smartest bird on earth, sit back and enjoy.
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The smartest bird on earth, sit back and enjoy.
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I thought the African Grey Parrot was the smartest?
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
the olive oil gets their fat content up fast but wont clog their arteries. when i know it's going to get real cold i feed it to them for a couple days, think it give them the edge to survive the cold and wind. i have tried the dog food(only premium!)without the olive oil and they will take it, but when i oil it they snctch it up like candy. something else i found they like is i was out the inside of my eggshells and break them up to give them, they snatch them right up. yah the price of seed is crazy now, but i'm determined to keep up with feeding them all. i'd rather go hungry, they can only survive 2 or 3 days with no food, so it's dire. humans have built over all the fields and meadows here, there is nowhere for them. i realize i contribute to a higher birth rate, but, it's a cycle i am not willing to sacrifice.
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Crows are birds too. They feed in flocks typically, and drain the feeders for a few days, but they usually move on.

The other birds tend to nest in the area long term, so I wouldn't get too exercised about the whole affair.
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Crows need food too.

You could try buying corn and putting it on the ground in small piles....

or, watch this and smile

[link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: Krysalis

Problem with corn, especially cracked corn, is that it attracts Starlings. If you think Crows are bad, Starlings are ten times worse.
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
the olive oil gets their fat content up fast but wont clog their arteries. when i know it's going to get real cold i feed it to them for a couple days, think it give them the edge to survive the cold and wind. i have tried the dog food(only premium!)without the olive oil and they will take it, but when i oil it they snctch it up like candy. something else i found they like is i was out the inside of my eggshells and break them up to give them, they snatch them right up. yah the price of seed is crazy now, but i'm determined to keep up with feeding them all. i'd rather go hungry, they can only survive 2 or 3 days with no food, so it's dire. humans have built over all the fields and meadows here, there is nowhere for them. i realize i contribute to a higher birth rate, but, it's a cycle i am not willing to sacrifice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 620559


Thank you for all this information!

Okay, so I will do that in the cold. (olive oil)

I would only feed them (crows) holistic dog food. (that's what my dogs and cats get now)

Okay, so eggshells too. I can do that.


Yes, I too am willing to do whatever it takes financially to keep my pets and the wildlife fed around here. (Where like your area apparently, the natural habitat has been compromised)

It concerns me too that urban sprawl has decimated so much of the natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife in many areas.


I Appreciate your input and experience today on this matter.
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
Crows are Varmints.
They eat the eggs of songbirds.
Bluejays do this as well.
More Crows = Less Sweetie Birds.
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crows are smart. try talking with them.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 501302

Up here in Detroit they talk back to you and pop you the bird.

No pun intended.

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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
Set up a crow feeder. Use something inexpensive like old bread. If you have access to a bake discount shop, you can get stale bread and it doesn't cost that much; less than peanuts! and the crows will thank you.
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
Crows are Varmints.
They eat the eggs of songbirds.
Bluejays do this as well.
More Crows = Less Sweetie Birds.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 436951


Thats a valid point too.

Worthy of thought.

Flycatchers, Wrens, and Hummingbirds nest here by the house
(and within the vicinity of the feeding areas) every year.

hmmmmm.


Thanks for that important detail.
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
cat food, dog food, bread. feed the crows they're smart and are nice to have around. good watch birds. want to really help the birds? keep their eye sight good and plant some hemp, the seeds are high in protein and keep birds eyes healthy. have crows, starlings, blue jays, cardinals, blue birds, robins and don't have a problem with any of them. blue jays are another good property guard.

feed them all regular like and they all get along without troubles.

be sure to save the stuff from your dryer vents and put it out early in the spring so they can use it to soften up their nests. stick it in trees or on fence posts and they'll all grab it up. same with dog/cat/horse/goat/llama hair you accumulate, stick it in the trees and they'll grab it up for nesting material.

good luck with your crows. they're wise and fun to play with. toss out some shiny stuff cuz they like that. soon they'll call to you.
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have over 40 hummingbirds that nest here each year and the crows don't bother them at all. geez people need to really get to know their birds. when the birds nest, talk to them and talk to the babies when they hatch, they'll come back year after year and they get along with each other better than most any people do.
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I to have been having problems with crows in my bird feeders i dont like them and dont want them around my home so i toke an old crab trap and started putting feed inside the cage the crows do not fit yahoo all the other birds do so far its working greattried the black rag on tree no good ruined a good rag lol
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Prejudice against birds? How shallow can you be just because one has black feathers and one has red or blue.

We have crows, or rather grackels here in Texas, most people hate them due to their noise but I witness first hand of several grackels teaming up on a huge snake in the dry river bed behind my house. Snake was as long as my leg and most likely a rattlesnake as they are prominent in my area. The grackels kept flying and pecking at the snake until it went away even though it was huge, like david and golith story.

The grackels worked together as a team.
They are very smart and brave.

I love them!
We buy 50lb bags of deer corn and toss it out for them by the quart now. We get deer to come up and feed too from the corn.

I don't have any bugs in my yard anymore either and we have the deadliest type of scorpions here.
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I feed the ravens, (no crows in Tasmania), they like stale bread, now they've had offspring it's getting a bit much, but they're a smart bird, beautiful flight silhouette. The kookaburras hate them and usually chase them off. I wonder if I should stop feeding them, maybe they're intruding on kookaburra territory.
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
one of them sits in a dead tree near my kitchen window and calls me, so I think I'm locked into this now.
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I have the same problem but be careful what you do to the crows. Never shoot or use a bb gun. They are amazingly smart and you will be on their shit list. Watch a video about them and you will understand.
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bb gun
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NO!

Next.....
 Quoting: We Are Dust


Pellet rifle
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
1) roast a chicken

2) enjoy the roast chicken

3) when you are done, take the remaining bone-carcass and soak it in poison

4) toss the carcass out where the crows will be sure to find it. Don't let them see you.



Crows will feast on the carcass and DIE. Problem solved.
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Re: HELP with CROWS at bird feeders!!
Crows do not like loud noises - like a good hearty hand clap.
There's a lady up the street from me that likes to feed the birds - crows everywhere among all the other species. I have a garden so after they gorge her food they congregate at my garden - I hand clap loudly same time every morning and they scatter. Birds of routine, they are.

We know have three good size hawks that circle daily as all the birds are nice and plump from feeder lady. I love watching them take out a pigeon or squirrel, it's intense and the hawks are magnificent hunters.

The crows gang up on the hawks and try to chase them away. Crows are not nice birds. Stupid, destroyers that gorge like parasites.

I like hawks though, wish they'd eat crows!

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