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Old 05-13-2010, 03:11 PM   #1
 
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Angry crows

i have a bird bath set up in the garden for the little birdies but recently some crows have decided to use it to store all their garbage pickings not more than 10 minutes after cleaning and scrubbing it they already bring their loot and leave to go get more.

After just cleaning it this morning I already have cubes of cheese, deli meat, bread, and mouse/fish carcuses and bones. It fouls the water so bad my neighbour also FEEDS the crows. Every morning on her deck and around her house theres between 20-40 crows swooping all around. It's sickening.

Any one have any ideas to stop them doing this in my bird bath? I've never had this problem before... I'd hate to have to leave the bath empty because lots of species of birds uuse it all the time
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
 
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Are they there because of your neighbour? If so, you should speak to her about it. People should respect others who live down the street and shouldn't be feeding wild animals since it attracts them to the other houses.

Maybe hanging up aluminum pie pans and streamers would work. You can also buy one of those plastic owls. Since they're smart birds, you would have to switch up the location of these things every week or so so that they don't become accustom to it.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:28 PM   #3
 
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Sling shot.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:46 PM   #4
 
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Your pup has no interest in chasing them off? My dogs go nuts when they simply fly over the house. They hate the crows. Crows are such smart birds. After the dogs run them down they sit up in the tree outside back. I swear they do it just to taunt my dogs.
As Rain Drop said, someone must be providing them with food in order for them to constantly be coming around with it. Unfortunately people that willingly feed crows (dingbats) probably can't be talked out of stopping their behavior.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:34 PM   #5
 
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its my psycho neighbour who feeds them. every morning she covers her deck in peanuts and she has a huge shallow bowl she fills with food scraps that they pick out of all day. It's disgusting. My boyfriend wants to soak bread in draino and toss it onto her deck for the crows to eat. I won't let him because a cat or dog could eat them and die but I really wish we could. what kind of crazy person feeds CROWS! might as well feed the wild rats around here too! i bet she already does..

Earlier today I was sitting on the steps with the hose and power blasting them as soon as they landed in the bath, they didnt come back for a while but now theres nasty food stuff in there again. I've got some ideas so hopefully they work and I don't have to leave it empty
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:48 PM   #6
 
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its my psycho neighbour who feeds them. every morning she covers her deck in peanuts and she has a huge shallow bowl she fills with food scraps that they pick out of all day. It's disgusting. My boyfriend wants to soak bread in draino and toss it onto her deck for the crows to eat. I won't let him because a cat or dog could eat them and die but I really wish we could. what kind of crazy person feeds CROWS! might as well feed the wild rats around here too! i bet she already does..

Earlier today I was sitting on the steps with the hose and power blasting them as soon as they landed in the bath, they didnt come back for a while but now theres nasty food stuff in there again. I've got some ideas so hopefully they work and I don't have to leave it empty
OMG, your neighbor is related to mine! My [insert bad word here] neighbor puts out pie tins filled w/ dog food. It attracts rats, possums, racoons, etc at night and in the morning the darn crows. How I solved it: San Diego has a public service called "Vector Control". They came out, surveyed my property, listened to my problem and then went over and talked to the neighbor. Because rats are a nuisiance and can carry diesease she had to cease and desist with the food offerings. Perhaps Vancouver has something similar as far as a public service available to citizens?
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:03 PM   #7
 
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i called them a few months ago when I counted over 40 crows perched aorund the house but they never returned my call. i just tried not to let it bother me anymore but now their ruining it for all the birds who visit my bath and it makes me furious

I'll call them back and maybe since it's rat season now they will do something about it.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:16 PM   #8
 
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We have the same issue with our neighbour feeding the deer, at least deer aren't gross they just pose a safety issue because they attract wolves and I don't need those in my backyard where my kids play.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:28 AM   #9
 
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I doubt the fake owl would do much. For one thing, crows are darn smart birds and would probably figure out that it's not real pretty quickly. That, and they're also incredibly fearless; I once saw a handful of crows chase down a red tailed hawk that had killed a snake, attack the hawk and steal the snake.

I'd go with the talking to your neighbor route, as they seem to be the reason the crows are in the area in the first place.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:56 AM   #10
 
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Sling shot.
Hahaha!

You know, even if Ur neighbor stops, the crows will wait there for a while. They'll leave eventually.
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