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  •  Nasty birds, peacocks. (6+ / 0-)

    Bullies.

    I had one on the farm. All the other birds were terrified of it. The only bird brave enough to stand up to it was a game hen, the most motherly creature imaginable.

    It used to try to kill her chicks, just to get a fight.

    Then I got a pet crow. He hated bullies. He drove the nasty thug peacock away for good.

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    by gzodik on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 09:27:00 PM PDT

    •  I raised chickens. The crows ate two of my chicks (2+ / 0-)
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      I guess nasty, and bullyism, is in the eye of the beholder.

      You probably prefer pitbulls to beagles, as well.  Correct?

      Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 09:30:24 PM PDT

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    •  why hire a crow to do Remington's job (2+ / 0-)
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      when you have Remington hanging on the wall?

      Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 09:45:00 PM PDT

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    •  Pet Crow? (1+ / 0-)
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      Where does one get a hold of a pet crow?  Is it Edgar Allen Poe raven size?  One of those big ass noisy buggers?  My grandmother said they can even be trained to talk like a parrot.  Do they hang around your house outdoors or do you have to keep them caged?

      •  Crows and ravens are Corvids (5+ / 0-)

        Scientists have proven that they are as smart as gorillas!

        Yes, they're mimics, too, so they can be taught to talk, or sometimes they just pick up the lingo in the environment of people.  Really!

        If you're interested, there's a great book on the subject:

        Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds by Bernd Heinrich.   Heinrich is considered a preeminent authority on the big brains of Corvids.

        I had several large crows plaguing my backyard since last winter.  They would do any measure of impossible acrobatics to eat the bird food I put out for the wintering little songbirds.  It was so aggravating to me, because the crows could decimate a suet cake in a day or so, when the little birds could take a couple of weeks to eat one.  Expensive!   Nothing I could do would stop the crows from coming into my yard every day.

        But then I discovered the data about the intelligence of these Corvids.   As smart as gorillas??!!  Wow.  

        So I changed my attitude and immediately set up a whole deluxe smorgasbord of suet and nuts, etc. for the crows in an easily accessible area of my backyard.  I wanted them to hang out so I could study 'em.   I understand they can learn to recognize individual humans.  I wanted to be friends, after all my efforts to chase 'em away.

        Well...apparently they had more fun annoying me than my delicious food is worth to 'em now.   Honestly, they have not been back since I put all that food out for them.   I hear 'em in neighboring trees, but they just won't come into my yard.   I'm wondering what they decided about me.   Crazy bird-dude?  ;)

        They're very smart animals.   Just sayin'...

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