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Old 01-10-2003, 09:21 AM
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how to deter crows

My DD and I just set up a bird feeding station and have attracted several varieties of birds. Unfortunately, we also have huge crows. They are very bold and gobble up all the food. Any ideas on how to get rid of them.
Thanks for your help - laurie w.
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Old 01-17-2003, 09:28 PM
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I found this site that gives a few good tips on detering crows. We have them around us too....they are huge! They are a real pain in the butt around garbage day.


http://www.shop-nc.com/birding/select_feed.htm



Weve recently started feeding the birds too. Two weeks ago we hung a feeder with suet in our tree but it looked like nothing was going to touch it. I guess it just took time for them to find it. For the last 2 days my DS and I have been enjoying the beautiful view of Cardinals, Blue Jays and a beautiful woodpecker.

My next job is to supply some water for them but I dont have a bird bath. Any ideas on what to use that wouldnt be too expensive?


Good luck to you with those darn crows!!

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Crows at Birdfeeders

To get rid of the crows is almost impossible. They do gobble up the food, though, so you may indeed want to block them from most of your feeders.

The most effective method we have found is to wrap the feeder in fence wire of the appropriate size to to exclude the birds you want to keep out. Chicken wire is good, but that will exclude some of the larger birds such a jays and cardinals, so you'll have to decide.

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We have observed that birdfood with corn in it attracts the crows. We no longer have them. Use sunflower seeds, safflower (also repels the squirrels) and/or a mixed seed without corn. Because squirrels/coons take off with the suet, I've been mixing peanut butter with good cornmeal and slapping it on the bark for the woodpeckers, and some other little birds love this too --fun to watch them.
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If you feed Safflower straight in feeders the crows/blackbirds/crackles will not eat it. It works best in flat feeders that they can get to easier. The tube type feeders work with mixes without corn. I throw cracked corn on the ground on very snowy or windy days for the morning doves and then just put up with the others. A friend of mine says, they have to eat too.
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Thanks ladies for all of your sugestions. I have gotten ridden of the crows, but now am dealing with starlings. OH well, my 2 yr old DD loves them. She says they sparkle. So I guess that's kind of worth it
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How beautiful that she says "they sparkle"! Let them stay

My DS has been enjoying the birds too. Thank goodness those crows are gone..what a pain in the butt.

Enjoy your birds!



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help identify

Are starlings black birds with greenish blue heads?

Or am I just describing black birds?

I also have these black birds with a white line on their
wings.

Since my cat died, I've been getting squirrels. But my dog chases them away.
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Old 03-29-2003, 09:06 AM
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When I read this under new topcs I read quickly and thought it said How to deter COWS.

I love feeding the birds but also enjoy the squirrels as well. When we lived in Alabama the squirrles got to be fairly tame and would entertain us for hours while we sat on our screened in porch.

I'll remember some of these tips as I hate feeding those big old greedy black CROWS as well.

Just a note that I once learned from my dentist (I didn't know it till he told me) It's the sunflower seeds that attracts cardinals. I make sure I have lots of sunflower seed mixed in now.

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Old 03-29-2003, 09:20 AM
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Cardinals & Blue Jay are my fav - in fact there are 2 bluejay out here now. They are mean though!

I sit here with my binoculars. Now I have to be careful with the new neighbors, if they see me, they'll probably think I'm a nosey neighbor spying on them!

Next week when we are free from snow - cross fingers - hopefully tomorrows storm will only be tomorrow - I'm going to put up my hummingbird feeder. If I remember correctly the hummingbirds come back in April.
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