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FEEDING CROWS


Crows.net
Food and Feeding Habits of the American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos.


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Crows are most comfortable feeding on the ground and generally, if you want to attract them, all you have to do is scatter food around in an open location. It’s helpful if it is highly visible food that crows will recognize, and the simplest and most easily obtainable item is peanuts in the shell. If you scatter these around, if there are crows in the neighborhood, sooner or later they will arrive to feed on them.

The most likely scenario is, that before crows show up, blue jays (or other local jays) will discover the peanuts and will quickly carry off them off. Jays are much less cautions than crows and will zoom in to snatch up food long before crows make their appearance known. You may have to throw out peanuts for a few days before the crows are attracted by all the jay activity, check out the area for hidden hazards, and finally, carefully approach the food supply. Once they have decided the area is safe, you should have regular visits from crows whenever you put out food.

A regular schedule of feeding helps. Crows seem to most actively feed early in the morning and then again in the afternoon, with a kind of casual foraging in between. The other thing to note is that crows love water. They need to drink a lot and they love dunking food in shallow water and bathing in it in good weather. If you locate a birdbath near your feeding station, you are likely to see a lot more crow (and other bird) activity, particularly if there is no other water source in the immediate vicinity.

There a few things you will soon notice once you begin feeding crows. One is that they can eat an amazing amount of food and, what they can’t eat, they will carry off and cache (hide). Its best if you set a limit on how much you are going to feed the crows each day and stick to it…which, of course, you won’t. The next thing you’ll notice is that no matter what you choose to feed the crows, something else will come along to join in the feast. Blue jays will rob you blind of peanuts and other seeds. Squirrels will join in the party. Cats will show up if you put out kibbled cat or dog food, which is one of the best and cheapest of crow foods. And small birds of all sorts will also get in the act.

http://www.crows.net/food.html
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Worst Things to Feed a Crow
Posted by vail in Aves

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Whether you own a pet Crow, take care of one in your back yard, rehabilitate corvids, or take frequent walks in the wilderness to feed them, you should know what things will delight them the most – and which to avoid!
The Worst
1. Chocolate
Chocolate is a wonderful treat to share with human family members, but it can be harmful or fatal to your pet bird. Chocolate poisoning first affects a bird’s digestive system, causing vomiting and diarrhea. As the condition progresses, the bird’s central nervous system is affected, first causing seizures and eventually death.
2. Apple Seeds
Believe it or not, apples – along with other members of the rose family including cherries, peaches, apricots, and pears – contain trace amounts of Cyanide within their seeds. While the fruit of the apple is fine for your bird, be aware that in addition to the poisonous seeds, there may be pesticides present on the fruit’s skin. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse and core any apple pieces that you share with your bird to avoid exposure to these toxins.
3. Avocado
The skin and pit of this popular fruit had been known to cause cardiac distress and eventual heart failure in pet bird species. Although there is some debate to the degree of toxicity of avocados, it is generally advised to adopt a “better safe than sorry” attitude toward them and keep guacomole and other avocado products as far away from pet birds as possible.
4. Onions
While the use of limited amounts of onion or garlic powders as flavorings is generally regarded as acceptable, excessive consumption of onions causes vomiting, diarrhea, and a host of other digestive problems. It has been found that prolonged exposure can lead to a blood condition called hemolytic anemia, which is followed by respiratory distress and eventual death.

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continued-http://www.avesnoir.com/the-10-best-and-worst-things-to-feed-a-crow/
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Flygirl
Those critters used to take my candles off my porch in a Fla.and leave big nasty packages for me to gag and clean up!!
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djean111
This is an interesting headline to read when one has just finished bingeing Game of Thrones.
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beebee
Are there crows in the Game of Thrones?

I've been wanting to watch it.
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Flygirl wrote:
Those critters used to take my candles off my porch in a Fla.and leave big nasty packages for me to gag and clean up!!


My sisters who live in West Vancouver have not been relishing them much lately either.

Here's an email I got from my younger sister, Julia after I send her the video about Canuck.
I thought she would like it as she and my older sister Sher have been feeding them peanuts,
but apparently not!

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Oh God, please do not say another word about crows; they are driving us absolutely beserk! I should have taken a picture of Sheryl yesterday, with a very long stick with long black netting flowing from it and a bright red glove at the top, waving it madly at the crows who flew off for 5 seconds. I'll confess, I did make this crazy crow repelling stick  and as nutty as one looks waving  it back and forth, the crows don't cah for it and that's for sure!
 
This mating and birthing season and they are going nuts trying to protect their nests. Everywhere I go it's the same...mass crow hysteria!!! They scream and everything that moves and dive bomb people who intrude into an area close to their nests. The raccoons have given to coming to eat in the daytime now that there is a coyote coming at night to scrounge around the house. We don't actively feed him but usually there is quite a bit of fallen Kibble or left over in the pan.  We've also had a couple of owls, Hawks and an American Eagle.  Only fair as we have sent you those trouble making CDN geese and Justin Bieber. 
 
I've tried taking the dogs to the dog park at Ambleside, in attempts to get away from them for a few minutes, and was met with even more loud, high pitched screams from crows objecting to our arrival.  Gori was dating a girl a couple of years ago and for some reason she was the chosen one at her bus stop by the crows.  As soon as she left her house and started crossing the street, they would dive bomb her.  There could be 20 ppl at her bus stop but they only went after her. I asked her if she had done anything to them intentionally or not, and she said No but who knows what they might interpret as being a threat.


The crows I have up at our farm are not city socialized. They keep their distance up near the front gate and that copse of water oaks.
I do admit though I have been trying to befriend them.

Did you ever see that video of the crow who brought that girl gifts?
Maybe she's getting your candles too. [biggrin]
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bernintheusa
A herd of cattle, a flock of sheep, a murder of crows...

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beebee
Co-conspirators.
Which one is you, Bern? 
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Well as you all may have realized, I have become rather fascinated with crows lately.

So I decided to befriend the 4 crows that have been gathering on my front lawn ever since I moved here for 3 years ago by starting to feed them.

I read up about what they eat and among many things, fruits, grain, nuts, meats etc was dog kibble as it is a well balanced nutrious meal for omnivores.

So for the past few days I've scattering some kibble out around there and they seemed to like it but now they have suddenly disappeared.

I wonder why?
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Unfortunately the cell phone videos I took above didn't seem to want to open here.

So here are a couple of pics instead.

The first night, Mr. Batshit Crazy Fox showed up to eat the crows food and the second night he came back with Mrs. Batshit Crazy Fox in tow.

The third night she came back on her own and seemed to be looking for him.
This is what the photos are of. Missy BS C. Fox.

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djean111
beebee wrote:
Are there crows in the Game of Thrones?

I've been wanting to watch it.

Yes!  The crows are the men who are watchers on the wall, and the ravens are, evidently, the most quick and efficient postal service ever, with their big black wings and tiny little feet.  I love the books, I love the show, and, like with LOTR, I am envious of someone who has not watched or read it yet.
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