Discouraging crows in the garden

  • Discouraging crows in the garden

    Posted by Ches on October 22, 2022 at 11:26 am

    After watching Danny on Deep South Homestead talk about crows getting the fruit from some of his fruit trees, I thought I would share a tip on keeping crows from pulling up germinating corn seeds. I use a number of cheap pinwheels (bought at a local dollar store) and place them randomly throughout the newly planted corn seed. It has kept the crows away for years now. Previously, they would come in, pull up the freshly germinated plant, eat the kernel and toss the rest aside. Hmmmm, I wonder if it would work in fruit trees by taping some to tree limbs?

    SDDawg replied 1 year, 6 months ago 8 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Mimi2022

    Member
    October 22, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    I use them in my garden and on my lawn as well. They do help to keep the crows from digging up the yard.

  • Mimi2022

    Member
    October 22, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    I use them in my garden and on my lawn as well. Works.

    • Mud

      Member
      October 22, 2022 at 4:27 pm

      What about shiny Christmas tree ornaments???

  • Mud

    Member
    October 22, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Yep, crows and ravens do not like light reflective moving objects like pinwheels, CDs hanging off fishing line works well also, i think the open center mimics a predators eye?

    I had a raven the size of a bald eagle steal potato seeds out of my garden the 1st year. I made a deal with him and started giving him hard boiled eggs. Now he tells me when heavy rain is coming the day before, and protects my chickens from other birds of prey. I think he’s the leader of the local group and none of the other ravens have attempted to take food from my garden after we made friends.

    But I doubt this strategy would work for a fruit tree orchard. I remember watching a large walnut tree get absolutely emptied of nuts within 2 days time by crows. Maybe adding some sticky aluminum tape to parts of the tree would also be discouraging…

  • Pukalani-Farm

    Member
    October 22, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    I use cheap tin foil pie plates tied with string. Not only does the shiny scare them but the noise does also.

  • Goatlover

    Member
    October 22, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    I use those cheap pinwheels, PLUS old CD discs dangling from string AND balloons on string—they move ALL the time and deter the crows. LOL!

  • nottina

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    October 23, 2022 at 11:47 am

    I like having the crows they keep my chickens safe and eat the scrapes I toss in the coop.

  • PetraTilling

    Member
    October 23, 2022 at 11:58 am

    I too like having my crows around, as they protect my chickens from the many hawks in the area. That being said, I also don’t have very much around for them to disturb in my garden (yet). Thanks for all the tips on making a crow “no go zone” as I expend.

  • SDDawg

    Member
    December 29, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    The origin of the scarecrow. When farmers had a crow problem. They would shoot one and hang it on a stick in the field to keep the otherones away. It worked rather well. This bird was called the scarecrow.

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