Raising Crows in My Backyard
A couple of weeks ago I ended up with an injured crow in my backyard. It had a severely damaged wing. It was able to hop and walk around but completely unable to fly. Soon I noticed a baby crow following it around the yard. It too was unable to fly. Putting two and two together I figured out that it was a mom or dad crow that was injured and the baby had not yet learned to fly.
I decided to do some research online – “how to help injured crows.” I found a host of information with a list of suggestions. One of which was to leave them alone – meaning don’t attempt to touch them or cage them, but feeding them was OK.
I put a bowl of water out and began to feed them (Alfred & Hitchcock) bread and tortillas twice a day. At first they squawked at me and a third crow even dive bombed me when I got close to the two injured birds. After a few days of this I noticed a change. The injured crows came out of their hiding place and other crows swarmed over-head whenever I entered the backyard. They would squawk or crow until I threw them the goods. The dive bombing had stopped.
I found out that crows never forget a face and will categorize a human as good or evil depending on how you treat them. In other words…if you treat a crow badly it will hold a grudge and tell other crows that you are bad. Seriously, I kid you not. Read the study from Willamette University.
Its been two weeks and the injured adult and the baby have flown away…well, until I appear in the backyard. Then they squawk and crow until I feed them.
The picture of above is of baby Hitchcock near the pool waiting for more tortillas! My wife thinks I’m off my rocker. I figure I’m just making friends in the neighborhood.