chasing away the crows?

whitmanMay 16, 2009

So after losing most of my cucumber and zucchini sprouts, I decided to sit by the window and figure out what was eating them. I kept finding them with the leaves torn off or the stem pulled up. Sometimes the leaves were eaten but mostly just torn off and left for dead. Turns out, it was crows. hop around in my raised boxes, find a sprout, pull it out, fly away. Any ideas on how to keep them away? other than netting over the boxes...thanks!

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jwr6404(8B Wa)

Same answer I've given previously. Get yourself a cheap portable radio,pocket size is fine. Tune it on a RAP station and problem solved. Keeps the birds away from my Asian Pears and Tomatoes

    Bookmark   May 16, 2009 at 11:35PM
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al_maki

Get a sling shot. I've never hit a crow with mine but it keeps them out of the yard. About twice a year a crow will settle in the yard and I'll shoot in its general direction. That seems to be all it takes now. During the first couple of years I had to shoot more often but they're intelligent birds and they learn to avoid the yard. I'm fond of crows but I live near a rookery and if I didn't push back they would occupy the trees in my back yard. Also they're hard on baby birds.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 5:23PM
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scarleta

Why do they get attracted to your yard? Do you feed birds? I never had crows in my yard until I put a bird feeder.In any case maybe because of the bird feeder they don't go into my veg garden which is right next to it.
Can't help much more? don't know.I hope they won't go after my veggies.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 9:13PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Another name for them is "yard bird" - you may not have to be presenting an obvious attraction for them to come and poke around.

Many vegetables benefit from being grown under plastic (for added warmth and frost protection) or row cover (frost and pest protection) here anyway. If the plants were covered the birds would not be able to get at them nearly as well.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 12:09AM
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whitman

Not sure what we do that attracts them. No feeders, baths, etc. They are usually in our yard throughout the day hunting worms in our grass. My guess is that they are looking for worms in our boxes as well. The Zukes are just innocent bystanders. Now that the remaining ones have grown and developed true leaves, they we have not lost anymore.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 3:47PM
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