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Post  moosedroppings on 8/22/2010, 8:15 pm

This is kind of strange, and gross...but the best scarecrow is a crow. When I was a kid I remember one of my uncles telling me that, and he showed me. He was having a problem with crows in his garden so he went out and killed a crow and hung it on his garden fence. As long as any part of the crow was there he didn't have a crow problem.

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Post  Garden Angel on 8/22/2010, 8:23 pm

Your right that is gross !
I wonder if it would have the same effect if you hung a fake crow , that maybe you made? My hubby tells me a story of a co-worker who said she made a crow out of what I don't know but apparently it served its purpose , he said she actually went out side with it and visually beat up the thing and made crow noises in full view of the tree where they all congragated and hung it up. No more crow problems ! sounds rediculous and I feel rediculous telling this but couldn't pass it up.
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Post  chocolatepop on 8/22/2010, 9:11 pm

my inlaws do the same thing. shoot a crow and leave it there for a while...
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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 9:19 pm

I am not an expert on this, but I think that ravens are protected by migratory law, and crows may possibly be, depending on what state you're in. You might want to be careful on this one. (Not saying I am unsympathetic, though!)
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Post  moosedroppings on 8/22/2010, 9:58 pm

I'm sure they are protected now, but they weren't way back then.I was just passing that along as a strange fact. I am by no means suggestiong that anone try it now. I have crows in my yard and I love them...besides in order to kill one we will have to hook up with Wile Coyote toget his connection at ACME

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Post  moosedroppings on 8/22/2010, 10:03 pm

That you Garden Angel...that is a much kinder solution with same results!

I have an overabundance of crows so I might try that one...it's kinder, gentler, and less smelly.
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Post  Josh on 8/22/2010, 10:21 pm

Hey I have a fake crow that I got several years ago for a Halloween decoration,I think I got it at wal-mart,so you might keep that in mind with Halloween not far off,it might be a good time to look for a fake one to buy.
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Post  Chopper on 8/23/2010, 1:11 am

Who would protect crows? They are like rats.

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Post  chocolatepop on 8/23/2010, 1:22 am

I bet that was the same thing for my Ils, they have been farmers for generations and these things destroyed crops, so they did what they had to at the time ya know?

I know my mother in law has a fake crow, I walked out there to find a real crow sitting on top of it Mad
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Post  milaneyjane on 8/23/2010, 2:26 am

Gross! Shocked
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Post  LaFee on 8/23/2010, 8:51 am

Then there's that whole issue of discharging a firearm within the borders of a municipality....guaranteed to make you wish you'd just put up with the crows to begin with.

Chopper, there are several species of large black birds, some of which are protected, and which would be difficult to differentiate down the barrel of a shotgun...so it's probably better to find some other way to keep them away.

I'd be tempted to try Josh's idea....if you're really desperate, you could always relocate a roadkill from elsewhere....I reckon a dead bird is dead, regardless of how it attained ambient temperature.

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Post  Odd Duck on 8/23/2010, 9:58 am

Very true about some "black" birds being protected. I had not heard this about using a dead one for a scarecrow, before, but it makes a lot of sense to me. Crows are more than intelligent enough to recognize a dead version of their own species. They are smart enough to recognize certain people - when I'm treating an injured crow, they definitely recognize the person who brings them their favorite foods.

They have that "look of intelligence" when you're looking at them. They just so clearly have a spark in their eyes that is unmistakeable. I see it in parrots, as well, and intelligence studies show that an African Grey has the logic capacity of a 4-5 year old human child!

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Post  Shoda on 8/23/2010, 11:54 am

Are squirrels smart enough for this to work? I could easily find road kill but I have a feeling that my garden would start to look (and smell) a bit grim by the time I hung up all the animals that are bothering my plants.
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Post  chocolatepop on 8/23/2010, 12:00 pm

Shonda... or all our garden would start looking lik Deliverance or The Hills Have Eyes...
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Post  Garden Angel on 8/23/2010, 12:08 pm

I'm trying for a cheery garden theme here not horror picture ! ha. This is just too much, rofl and btw, a group of crows are called a murder of crows!
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Post  moosedroppings on 8/23/2010, 8:19 pm

Crows are very smart birds. Please don't think I posted this info to encourage anyone to go out and "murder" a crow, it was just a bit of trivia. I have not done this only seen it done. If anyone is thinking about trying it I will say it is very hard to kill a crow cause they can see the bullet coming...oops another bit of trivia.
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Post  Garden Angel on 8/24/2010, 12:41 pm

Moosedroppings , please don't worry , we didn't take it that way at all, I'm the one that mentioned the trivia with the "m" word and I do appologize if it sounded like any sort of encouragement was there, not intended to be at all. Just maybe a bit of macob fun? halloween is soon.
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Post  WardinWake on 8/24/2010, 7:46 pm

Howdy:

I digress, or is it regress, but a friend of mine calls his Mother=In-Law "The Old Crow" or maybe it is the "Old Bat". I never could figure out what baseball had to do with it ..... rofl

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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Post  sceleste54 on 8/25/2010, 1:12 am

I used to think crows were pretty neat birds, till I watched some raid a nest of baby mocking birds... the sight of that big black bird flying off with that helpless featherless hatchling while the parents frantically swooped and dived really made me kind of sick..I haven't had any use for them since. Interestingly enough.. a flock of crows is called a "murder".

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