I’m a bit of a bird feeding enthusiast, I’ll admit. At last count I had about a half-dozen birdfeeders around the house.
Now we’re up to seven, and the latest has a bit of an ulterior motive to it.
You see, I’ve recently noticed a few crows hanging out around. They mostly steer clear of our farm, hanging out in the trees on our neighbors property to the East and North. The thought of luring them in had crossed my mind, but was never acted upon until I stumbled across a few accounts of people using crows to chase off birds of prey.
I’ve seen red-winged blackbirds chase off red-tailed hawks countless times, but the hawks are only a big problem for us after the blackbirds have left for the season. Crows live here year-round, and they’ll work for peanuts. Literally. So it was off to the scrap lumber pile to build a platform feeder. Nothing fancy, just a 12″ x 12″ platform to stick in the top of a drill-pipe fence post.
I filled it with peanuts and a few pork neckbones and waited.
The wait wasn’t long. The crows found it within 24 hours and have been back every day.
The chickens ought to be thrilled, they’ll be protected from the air and the ground this year.