The 10 Best and Worst Things to Feed a Crow

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Whether you own a pet Crow, take care of one in your back yard, rehabilitate corvids, or take frequent walks in the wilderness to feed them, you should know what things will delight them the most – and which to avoid!

The Worst

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is a wonderful treat to share with human family members, but it can be harmful or fatal to your pet bird. Chocolate poisoning first affects a bird’s digestive system, causing vomiting and diarrhea. As the condition progresses, the bird’s central nervous system is affected, first causing seizures and eventually death.

2. Apple Seeds

Believe it or not, apples – along with other members of the rose family including cherries, peaches, apricots, and pears – contain trace amounts of Cyanide within their seeds. While the fruit of the apple is fine for your bird, be aware that in addition to the poisonous seeds, there may be pesticides present on the fruit’s skin. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse and core any apple pieces that you share with your bird to avoid exposure to these toxins.

3. Avocado

The skin and pit of this popular fruit had been known to cause cardiac distress and eventual heart failure in pet bird species. Although there is some debate to the degree of toxicity of avocados, it is generally advised to adopt a “better safe than sorry” attitude toward them and keep guacomole and other avocado products as far away from pet birds as possible.

4. Onions

While the use of limited amounts of onion or garlic powders as flavorings is generally regarded as acceptable, excessive consumption of onions causes vomiting, diarrhea, and a host of other digestive problems. It has been found that prolonged exposure can lead to a blood condition called hemolytic anemia, which is followed by respiratory distress and eventual death.

5. Alcohol

Although responsible bird owners would never dream of offering their pet an alcoholic drink, there have been instances in which free roaming birds have attained alcohol poisoning through helping themselves to unattended cocktails. Alcohol depresses the organ systems of birds and can be fatal. Make sure that your bird stays safe by securing him in his cage whenever alcohol is served in your home.

6. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a type of fungus, and have been known to cause digestive upset in companion birds. Caps and stems of some varieties can induce liver failure.

7. Tomato Leaves

Tomatoes, like potatoes and other nightshades, have a tasty fruit that is fine when used as a treat for your bird. The stems, vines, and leaves, however, are highly toxic to your pet. Make sure that any time you offer your bird a tomato treat it has been properly cleaned and sliced, with the green parts removed, so that your bird will avoid exposure to any toxins.

8. Salt

While all living beings need regulated amounts of sodium in their systems, too much salt can lead to a host of health problems in birds, including excessive thirst, dehydration, kidney dysfunction, and death. Be sure to keep watch over the amount of salty foods your bird consumes

9. Caffeine

Caffeinated beverages such as soda, coffee, and tea are popular among people – but allowing your bird to indulge in these drinks can be extremely hazardous. Caffeine causes cardiac malfunction in birds, and is associated with increased heartbeat, arrhythmia, hyperactivity, and cardiac arrest. Share a healthy drink of pure fruit or vegetable juice with your bird instead – this will satisfy both your bird’s taste-buds and nutritional requirements.

10. Dried Beans

Cooked beans are a favorite treat of many birds, but raw, dry bean mixes can be extremely harmful to your pet. Uncooked beans contain a poison called hemaglutin which is very toxic to birds. To avoid exposure, make sure to thoroughly cook any beans that you choose to share with your bird.

 

The Best

fruits, grains, nuts, acorns, snails, mussels, small birds, eggs, rabbits, mice, toads, crayfish, snakes, lizards, salamanders, rats, grasshoppers, cutworms

1. Fruit

Blueberries, strawberries, apricots or other “wild” fruits normally found in your neck of the woods  or  just about any kind of fruit imaginable is good for your bird. Full of taste and various vitamins, fruit is a wonderful source of nutrients and is a favorite among the vast majority of birds.

2. Nuts

Crows scavenge a wide variety of nuts during their daily routine, primarily pine nuts, walnuts, acorns and chestnuts. They also have a sweet tooth for unsalted, shelled peanuts.

3. Snails

Not the kind of commodity you can find in your local grocery, but check your local fish bait or reptile supply for non-toxic snails and your crow will thank you.

4. Eggs

Raw egg yolks, whole eggs or hard-boiled eggs are a favored treat high in needed protein. Organic eggs are best.

5. Worms and Grubs

Another natural favorite, worms and grubs can be bought from most fish bait shops or reptile supplies. Try putting them inside a toy the crow can get into with a tool or its beak to give your bird a little extra entertainment.

6. Whole Grain Bread or Pasta

No matter whether it’s cooked or uncooked, birds love pasta. The good thing is, it’s full of energy-enhancing carbohydrates! Try boiling some bowtie pasta with vegetables and serving it to your bird when cool. If your pet prefers his pasta crunchy, fill a few raw macaroni noodles with peanut butter for a fun and tasty snack.

Whole grain breads taste great, and are a wonderful source of fiber. Try offering your pet small bites of nutty breads as a treat for good behavior. Be careful not to confuse this with white bread, which is nothing but empty calories and sugar that can gum up their little bellies.

7. Popcorn

Believe it or not, manybirds enjoy snacking on popcorn! You can serve your bird either popped or unpopped kernels. If you choose to serve the popcorn unpopped, boil the kernels for a bit in plain water to soften the tough hulls. If you desire, you can pop the kernels for your bird using a very light amount of pure vegetable oil. Be sure to never give your bird microwave popcorn. These varieties are extremely high in fat and salt, which can be harmful to a bird’s health.

8. Raw grains

Grain farmers often complain when flocks of wild birds descend on their crops to feast. A hungry group of birds can strip a field of grain in no time — because grains are nutritious, and very good for them! Whole grains are another good source of vital protein, not to mention beneficial carbohydrates. Most pet supply stores that carry quality bird feed will have a good balance of grains and seeds.

9.  Low Phosphorous Cat Food

If you’re in a pinch, a crow will usually find cat food palatable, but you need to take care that it is quality food with low phosphates, as most brands contain a lot of filler and additives that are not good for your bird (or your cat, for that matter). The label will usually tell you, or look for the variety advertising renal health and a good PH balance.

10. Peppers

Although many humans have trouble eating spicy peppers, birds can definitely take the heat. It seems that our avian friends lack the taste receptors that pick up on a pepper’s stinging bite, which makes them a favorite of birds around the world. Try giving your pet a nice fresh chile or banana pepper and watch him chomp through it to get to the meat and seeds inside. You may find out that you have quite a hot little tamale on your hands!

 

307 Comments

  1. i did not know crow can eat a
    a lot of foodReference

  2. Now that Seattle weather is warm, I’ve been going out on my patio, and I thought I started to recognize a crow that landed on a nearby wire regularly. I left some bits of bagel on the railing, and two crows made quick work of them after I went back inside. I next offered some turkey from my sandwich – ignored. So then I found this site, and prepared a smorgasbord. This the order in which the treats have been devoured so far:

    barnana (a dried banana snack): the first to go, within seconds
    whole wheat pasta: next to be snatched and eaten on the wire
    crouton: maybe it was just the easiest to reach, not sure if I should give more as they have cheese and oil
    pine nuts: sampled and spit out, along with a string of drool
    walnut pieces: my new friend crammed all of them into his beak but lost one when he also picked up the last bagel chunk

    This was all within a span of maybe ten minutes. So far the strawberry and orange wedge have remained untouched.

  3. Chicken seems to be the favorite picking of our resident blue crow.

  4. I tried feeding crows bread, peanuts, chips, but they never ate anything I put out. They would be on the telephone wire while I throw food and leave, then I go back the crow is gone but food is still there. I’ve seen when my cat goes outside they fly around and yell at her. Maybe they don’t like me cuz I own a cat.

    • They probably think you’re trying to trick them into getting caught by the cat. Try putting the food on top of something the cats can’t reach.

      • ^ I think you’re right; they can be frustratingly wary creatures, even when you’ve fed them for years! Maybe an inherent residue from years of persecution or they’re just wisely cautious.

    • I have a cat, and the crow that sits on our telephone pole doesn’t mind. I found if you throw bread out in small prices, and they see you do it, they’ll take it.

    • They are most likely afraid of the Cat. I throw them Chips, even Chicken bones, they eat the Lot! No problem!

  5. Since I’m a vegetarian so I’ve to feed animals alike, I give Crows and Indian Eagle (Not domesticated) soyabean chunks and Pigeons rice, squirrels ground nuts, cats milk bread, dogs bread, cow green things.

  6. I have two crows that feed daily on my sailboat..what is this sound that they make, sounds like a rattle followed by a chirp,,,,with a head bob,,,,,done over and over, very cute

    • Mine do that too. I think its a form of affectionate greeting. Ive been feeding and observing for about 3 yrs now. Ive read that you can also return or give them a little bow too.

      • I have been feeding the crows in a central London park for years but they’ve always kept a respectful distance (although they definitely recognise me and the noise I make (discreetly!) to attract them.

        Bank in January, on a cold grey day when the park was almost empty, I was sitting on a bench enjoying the quiet when I saw a group of young guys walking towards me. I’m a Londoner a day not easily panicked, but the park was empty and I could tell by the way they were looking at me and talking that this wasn’t a good situation to be in. My instinct was to get away fast as my instinct was (and still is) that they were going to grab my bag and I couldn’t stop them.

        I stood up and immediately about 8 or 10 crows appeared from nowhere (well, from nearby trees I guess!) and flew straight at the men. I’ve never seen crows behave like that in years of observing going them. They flew, in a tight pack, straight at the men and circled around them really closely. The guys freaked out and ran off and the crows followed them across the park.

        Call it coincidence if you like, but there was some intelligence there – almost as if they were protecting one of their own.

        Thanks for all the posts on here – good to know other people care about crows as as I do!

        Isabel, London

    • We had a pet crow growing up, and the sound you describe is very much one of affection.

      • that makes me feel really lucky, thank you

      • I found an injured crow he won’t eat nothing I tried eggs nuts snails cat food strawberries can anyone help me

  7. I forged an “alliance” with my local crows a few years ago. I’d been having trouble with pigeons landing on my balcony and shitting all over the place, and I started to notice that while they didn’t care if I scared them off (they’d return within minutes, as if nothing had happened), they’d be gone and hiding somewhere if there were any crows around.
    So I started leaving out food that those pigeons couldn’t crack, and within a few months, pigeons shitting on everything had been replaced by infrequent crow chatter.

    Now, I never see them and I don’t think they know who I am, but I still leave them food and I haven’t had a single bird dropping on my balcony for half a decade, so I know the alliance is as strong as ever. ^_^

    • You are a true ass-hole, I feed crown, pigeons, Indian Eagle, squirrels, dogs, cats, cow, and non are domesticated. They roam freely in air and land and come at my house to eat.

      • Your a good person. I have a question I had a couple of Crows in my yard who would come and visit me I would feed them chop meat, peanuts, and they would come everyday and even call me. and now they are GONE and I am so sad!! Why did they leave?

      • They are most likley nest building. Dont worry though , they will return by the time their youg are able to fly. Abd you may just have 4 to 6 more little ones to feed😊

      • Since we are using logical fallacies I would like to say that you are a true “ass-hole”. Don’t you know that feral cats are responsible for killing 4 billion birds a year? And you are feeding them. Way to go. Why do you hate birds so much?

        Also, you should probably apply for a Congressional Medal for your work in feeding all the wildlife in your area. I am sure as we all are that this is the standard by which heroism is judged.

      • You are a wonderful person all animals and birds need to be fed xx

  8. I feed crows, been doing it this timearoundfor 4 years. They are shy and that is okay. I generally throw them unsalted peanuts in shell. When the gulls are around, I cram the peanuts in living trees in the bark. Feeding in their fun time and they will all comtete for afew nuts in fun way. Sometimes they get greasy tater tots, pocorn shrimp, and lamb fat cubed and dusted with flour on really cold or snowy days. I also feed them bulk dogfood that aresmall balls. The dogfood has high value, when they cache it, it swells with water and attracts worms, but they eat the dry too before cache.

    They are friendly but cautious, once they trust me, they will go for it when I look away or turn my back. They do get to know your voice and features and some will zoom you from behind as an affectionate mannerism of play. In spring they will be territorial for breeding, they socialize as large groups in late summer to february. If a dead crow is discovered, they will cry murder as a group. When breeding and being territoial, there are areas of common play to feed more than one pair, the juviniles of lastyear may not be breeding and will run around together in spring and summer. Their common areas are social play zones, but alpha dominion is always on in some way.

    For feeding a stray, soak the dogfood in water. Walnuts are a gas:-),gulls dont know what to do with them but the crows take them to a busy road and drop them to break them open, you can teach them that too by throwing the nuts in the air to fall on pavement. Feeding can be fun game for everyone, make slow movements for trust. ‘My’ birds will call the crowd in with the first sentinal and many will approach with an excited caw . They love to play catch where they will stand in grass as I throw nuts to them, pointing to each before I throw to identify who is supposed to fetch. Stealing food is Crow survival 101, for some reason, some do not like to be watched when they take, others will be more bold. The trust you build has to be consistant, and in my view it is better if they are not hand fed, they might come to trust the wrong human who could getfreaked out and harm them.

    • Thank you so much for this informative post. We have been feeding the smaller birds, squirrels, raccoons, possum, feral cats, etc. etc. for many years. We starated by feeding the birds. Then we had to figure out how to feed the squirrels to keep them from eating all the bird food. They we had to feed the raccoons to keep them from stealing ALL the food. Once the raccoon food was in place, it drew many feral cats out of the woods, so we’ve traped/ neuter/spay/release (or kept) several generations of ferals. Despite warnings to the contrary, we continue to feed, and in almost 30 years have only lost two black-oil sunflower feeders to the bears… Anyway, with the tons of food we put out, we have recently started to draw a few (4-5) crows in to check out the smorgasbord. They are extremely shy and just my shadow passing by a window is enough to startle them into flight. Thanks to your information, I have an idea of what to feed them.

      • Lynne , you are an angel. I doo the same thing. God bless you.

      • I live in London, and have always fed birds, foxes and stray cats that come into my garden. Today my local vets asked if I would take in a crow who can no longer fly.I have four rescue cats , but am putting the crow in my spare bedroom for the moment. I’ve let it out in my kitchen for a walk around for an hour and a half. She absolutely loved it! She had been at the vets for a few months, and although Fed and watered, was very lonely. I’ve given her two hour long cuddles, which she really enjoyed. I’ve sung and whistled to her. She has also had a lovely bath and has started preening. She has had fish and nuts to eat, and has gone to sleep in a large cage. I’m buying her a large bird cage on wheels at the weekend, so hopefully she can enjoy life, even if she’s limited to only managing to fly a foot at a time. I don’t understand how people wish for diamonds and other so called luxuries. Nature is a wonderful thing. Good luck to everyone out there who loves animals. Its so heartening to read your stories.

    • Some info for all of you that found fledglings in danger or abandoned.

      1.they will get attached to you,so you can’t actually let them roam free for long periods of time since they will imprint and lose fear.Once they are with you,they are with you for life.Potty train it also to avoid mishaps 🙂

      2.they love cottage cheese in small amounts and MEALWORMS,I can’t stress the importance of mealworms enough,both juvenile and adult crows i’ve had love them so much they will knock down the box in which i keep them(my recent rehabilitated crow managed to drown them while they were in a plastic cup.)

      3.Fresh water every day,both bath water to prevent ragged feathers and the drinking water since crows are messy creatures.

      4.i keep mine in a large parrot cage for food,feces and water,but their cage doors are always open so they can roam freely around the house and the backyard.

      5.poultry vitamins and calcium supplements help a lot!Especially when they are sick,wounded,or molting.

      Name it,get it used to whistles if it flies outside and always call it inside before sundown because they might get lost considering their poor night vision,or they can get caught in bad weather.be careful of cats!!!

      Now If you found an injured adult or one without flight feathers like i did recently,patience is the key.They are very cautious creatures and you’ll need about a month or more to get them used to you.Just ignore what they are doing,go about your business,feed them,don’t try to pet them and soon enough they will take a liking to you and become more interested and inspect everything you do :),and when they are healthy enough you can just return them to their family.

      You don’t want them to lose fear of predators so limited exposure is the key.You’re the caretaker but you don’t want them to get overly used to every person,dog,cat,anything they meet.

      Also wet dog food is a no no for adults.It can cause runny stool with an unpleasant odor,but don’t panic about the color because most dog food has artificial coloring which is then shown when the bird poops.For baby crows dog and cat food can save their lives,but prolonged periods of it causes renal failure.

      If you feed dry dog food don’t soak it your crow is an adult,it will soak it by itself,and it will promote their instincts 😀

      No matter if your rescue is an adult or a baby crow,tag it,mine have been tagged with light ball closure rings because nobody here sold official bird tags.It will help you find it if it’s lost and if something happened to it you will be able to identify them.

      Good luck with your avian friends 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the informative post seeming towards you seem to know a lot about crows I was wondering if it is ok to feed them cooked cut up garlic ring.
      Thanks for your help & take care Coreen

  9. I have been working with 3-4 crows for about 2 yrs now. I used to leave scraps in the small field right behind my house. Often they left the food for days. I would give up and they would be out there flying around. It has been a game of hit and miss so far but whenever I am ready to give up they are looking for me (more or less). It’s really hard. I love crows and want to do this. In my last home outside of town it was so much easier. Anyway, the current situation is I started putting out table scraps after my daily meds arrive here. It’s winter so i left them at the top of my driveway, away from the house and close to the field. It didn’t take long a day or 2 and they were cawing in the tree at 8:45 am daily. Of course it is often messed up if the med deliveries arrive to my house late. Then the seagulls get it and thank my car and probably my neighbors with a “gift”. How can I fine tune this?

    • I have been feeding the ravens here for almost a year, and while I’m not doing it at the same time each day they usually come out pretty soon after I put it there.

      Two reasons for this:

      1) I usually wait for them to come over and “call” me before I put it out, so they see me doing it;

      2) When I put the food out I caw to them to call them, so when I put something out when they aren’t right there I caw loudly anyways, and since they’re usually somewhere in the neighbourhood they hear me and come over to check it out. So you can definitely get them to come when you call them.

      Not sure what my neighbours think of the crazy lady standing cawing in her back yard, but they haven’t said anything yet, at least, ha ha.

      As an aside, my previous neighbour (in a side-by-side duplex) hated the ravens and didn’t like me to feed them and encourage them to hang around because they’d dig up her side of our shared front lawn going after grubs, and would sit on the wire over her car and poop on it, and get into her garbage on garbage day, and generally be a nuisance. What I found fascinating, though (and gratifying, as well as amusing) was that they never dug up *my* side of the lawn, nor got into *my* garbage, nor pooped on *my* car–despite them occasionally sitting on the same wire further down over *our* driveway!

      But then, see, I’d feed them and was friendly to them, and she’d try and chase them away, and they are SMART. 😀

  10. Back at the beginning of last month some crows started to watch and follow me (its been suggested that its because i dress like one😂) , they would do this for about 10 houses, so I started to feed them for some reason they don’t like to go in my garden but they wait for me in the morning and in the afternoon when I leave the hose now and what started as about 5 crows on my root to get kids to and from school has turned into from anything from 6 to 12 it differs from each feed i was giving them a complete dog food mix best change it though they dont seem to get enough of it (and is it just me or do they stay at “home” when its a bit to cold)

    • I’m so envious! 😂 I’ve fed 2 crows for a few years, but they’re still very wary. I’d love a ‘flock’ following me, like a magical Goth-Disney scene! I feed them value chicken dippers, peanuts, meal-worms & any leftovers I find. There are days they’re mysteriously awol; maybe it is the cold weather – or there’s better pickings elsewhere!

      • Do they come back?? I been feeding a pair of Crows for about a month now, They would call and I always made sure there was good food out there for them. But I have not seen them now in a couple of days I feel so sad I miss my friends.

    • I feed my crows dog food -canned and also meaty chunks- slightly drier dog food which is easier to distribute- there can be up to 30 crows- eat your heart out Hitchcock!
      I go to my park and they do seem to recognise me!
      I think they’re beautiful and quite respectful of each other.
      Cooked pasta is ok too

      • I have 2 different groups. One at my work and one at my home. They both have about 20 birds now if not closer to 30. I’ve been feeding them for about 9 months and it is now a daily routine. They wait for me to go to lunch. I just feed them the unsalted peanuts in a shell and they seem to love it.

  11. i often end up throwing out eggs .. i don’t use them much… before they expire i will cook them up for the crows.. awesome!! i do feed them cat food.. i went thru hell when my favorite brand was discontinued.. i don’t know how many high end foods i tried before i got a unanimous yes from the fur kids.. the crows benefitted from the trial and error…

  12. I give my crow some beef jerky.

  13. I have just recently started feeding a Murder of 3 Crows.
    Although I was aware of how intelligent Corvids are I am amazed at just how quickly they have come to recognise me, and how they’ve responded to both myself and my dog (they seem to play with her, landing near by and allowing her to chase them).
    I have been feeding them a variety of foods from Clementines to Mackeral. They seem to enjoy protein based foods over all others.
    I am very fond of them, so much so I’ve felt guilty on the few days I’ve been unable to go feed them.

  14. When I was in the 5th grade, a crow came and sat on the window of our classroom everyday exactly at lunch time (he was one smart bird!) We’d all gather up around the window at throw food at it and it would catch. Since we didn’t really know what crows ate, we just fed it anything we had in our lunch box. It started coming back for more everyday. One day, I thought just for fun I’d trick it and threw a small paper ball out the window. To my amazement, the crow didn’t try to catch it! That’s when we realized why it would not catch avocados and mushrooms that we tried to feed him. I came by this article randomly today and was hit by nostalgia and I’m shocked that animals are smart enough to know what’s not good for them! Great article, really helpful, thank you so much!

    • Crows are incredibly smart, there’s a YouTube video where a crow uses water displacement to get food out of a tube, it’s amazing to watch. Just search YouTube for

      Crow Water Displacement

      and see

    • We are animals too, don’t forget. Our survival is dependent upon what we learn from parents and what has become instinct (memory at a physiological level). Many non-human animals are nearly as intelligent as we are.

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    • Yesterday about 3PM we wer visited by a group of about 8-10 crows at our bird feeders. We have 4 suet feeders, 2 tube finch feeders and a sunflower seed feeder that I made out of a 5 gal plastic bucket. The crows occupied all the feeders with 1 to 4 birds four about a half an hour until one crashed into a window and they all flew off. I then went out on the porch and filled the feeders. All of the feeders are either hanging from the eves of the house or on a clothesline cable strung to a tree about 25 feet from the porch. All feeders are at least 15 feet above the ground in a totally wooded area. In the 18 years tha we have lived at the house we have never seen a crow before. After restocking the feeders, I went back inside. After about 15 minutes a single crow showed up back at the feeders. I took a few pictures through the window. Although only about 15 feet away, the crow seem to tolerate me. After a while the crow left and the.next time I looked out the window, the whole flock was back. They stayed about an hour or so and tolerated me opening the windows and doors to take unabstructed photos. I did not attempt to go out on the porch while the birds were present. We live in the mountains of WV USA at elevation 2500 feet. It will be interesting to see if they return today.

  16. Hello from England! I feed the crows in my park most evenings and they love cake..They had a Stollen today, quiche and sunflower seeds and wholemeal bread..They seem to like Digestive biscuits most of all..I have about 40-60 who flock down when they see me..Some have been dong in house fighting and some of them are quite bare..I must say, I love feeding them and it gets me out into the park -especially seeing as my two beloved dogs have just died.And I have the satisfaction of knowing they have all (hopefully!) had some food and are no longer as hungry as they were..

    • Wonderful story!

  17. One-day closing time came, and the clerks locked up, leaving me in my office in the back of the building. I answered emails, and continued working, when I heard a tapping at the outside door in the hall.
    I went to answer, but no one was there.
    As I sat back down at my desk, again came the knocking at the door. I quickly went into the hallway and looked to see an empty glass door. I went outside and looked for the prankster and found no one. It was kind’ a spooky.
    The next knock came on my window. I looked out the tall window and saw the pasture, the parking lot and the side walk. Then I looked down. A large black crow was standing there, head cocked to one side and looking back at me. He hopped back to the window.
    “Tap, tap, tap.” He knocked again with his long black beak. He then hoped back and looked at me cocking his head the other way to inspect me with is other coal black eye.
    I halfway expected him to say “Eleanor!” like Edger Allan Poe’s The Raven. He continued to look at me and said, “Caw-caw.” His head would bob back and forth with each syllable.

    • I found some left overs in the office fridge and I put them outside next to the window. Charlie has visited regularly ever since. When I am away the clerks will sometimes will slip him a piece of bread. He also likes fresh water and LOVES fried chicken.

      Usually Charlie eats by himself (I really don’t know if it is a he or she). Charlie’s feathers on his right leg fluff out different from the other crows that seldom join him. If there is plenty to go around they will grab a bite and fly sway. Charlie is a little braver. He swoops down close to employees taking a break as a reminder not to forget about him. Often he is in a tall post oak tree by the parking lot, waiting for us to come back from lunch.
      For the last five years, when the clerks and I go out to eat instead of a ”to go box” we bring back a “to crow box.”
      Judge Mitch Shamburger

  18. Our Crows migrate south each year. In April, on their return, the mother crow taps on our kitchen window. We say hello and feed her. We have lots of snacks ready fforher and her family. Cat food, cheese, nuts, etc.

    This is the same pattern fior 8 years. This mother brings her new brood over when they fledge and they and their older siblings partake in a daily buffet ( along with the magpies).

    In mid October the Crows leave and shortly after a couple of Ravens take their place. The magpies are joined bu blue jays and Clarks nutcrackers. A real corvid gathering.

    • What area of the country do you live? I have never seen a Magpie!

  19. In my experience, liverwurst is also extremely popular. At least among wild corvids. Probably all liver-based foods.

    • I saved a baby crow from cats. I had the baby for a week and fed him daily. Mom and dad wouldcome for food. Then brought 2 offspring babies. This is after I took in there first baby. They showed up daily to check on the baby as I put him on the deck so mom and dad could see him. built a nest and put him back in the tree only for some stupid kids to know ock him back out of the tree and ended up killing the bird letting their dogs attack him. and dad still coming.e and visit for food everyday. crowing non stop untilt i feed them food.
      Recently my daughter found a dead crow… now they haven’t been back which is unusual as they come a crowing every other day for food. Especially before a day it rains…it’s been a week now and nothing? Felt I had a close connection with 2 of these beautiful creatures and Youngs. What happened?

      • Tab, the crows are very intelligent, after your daughter found one dead the other crows probably considered the place dangerous and may not come back even for few years. Do you know what happened to the bird found by your daughter? I’m afraid someone wasted the trust you’ve built for so long… :/

  20. I have 2 crows that spend large amount of times in my backyard for the water, shade & food available to them because of my horses. I came to this site to see what additional foods I could give them
    For treats & am quite concerned about the number of people that are asking how to care for injured wildlife. Please the best advice to give people looking for how to care for any injured animal on the Internet is call a vet & in the case of wildlife get it to a wildlife rehabilitation center..

    • I befriended an injured crow, I named “Cracker”. Poor Ole Cracker; the whole upper part of his beak was gone; broken off starting from his nostrils. And in order to put food into his mouth, he had to rest his head sideways, on a flat surface and wrestle the food into his mouth. I was shocked to see the other crows were horribly nasty to him, attacking him with their beaks and pulling his feathers. My guess is, due to Cracker’s injury, he had to steal food from the others crows, to survive. Everyday he and his mate arrived to feast on the soft goodies I laid out for him, but the other crows were always there first. I called the authorities , but they cautioned me to let nature take it’s course. I was saddened when Cracker came no more. But I was glad his agony was over.

      • Hi I once saw on Animal Planet Vet Show that some Doctors can now replace beaks on certain Birds and Ducks..in Sanctuaries I’ve even seen them do Lens Surgery on Blind Monkies so they can climb trees again..You could have maybe caught The Bird in a Butterfly net and hand fed it as a pet..wonder if local vets could do that beak replacement surgery..I know how sad I always feel when I see injured Wildlife .Some Sanctuaries will take Them but they may also put the animal down ..not everyone is a patient worker with injured Wildlife..it’s a money game with alot if these organizations..Hope You will have Many more Bird’s blessing Your Home n Yard..

    • The problem is most wildlife sanctuaries will only put crows down if they don’t have room or time to rehabilitate. They won’t tell you which first, and is the law in most states, you hand over the bird and you have lost it. They will just put it down and not even follow up with you. It is definitely a DIY if you are willing to learn and can work with a vet who will take cash and work below the wire. They will get in trouble for helping you. People also have to understand they are wild animals, and trading in freedom for a cage won’t be easy and may not be the life they would choose. Also, you don’t want the in pain. If you are going to treat the holistically, you must make sure you know what you’re doing. If you need top put the crow down, take it to a wildlife sanctuary and have them do it. Remember, be humane – and that sometimes means realizing your limitations to heal an animal you don’t know much about and understanding that a crow is a wild creature used to having no limitations – soaring free, being fearless. Would your crow choose to live in a cage and have a lifetime with you? They grieve deeply and have very strong family ties. Will your crow ever “forgive” you for keeping it away from their family? These are questions you need to ask yourself.

      • Ok Wht is Your take on 15 cats that someone dumped in the forest preserve.. Mama’s are having Babies and they’ve learned to survive by sleeping high in the Trees..Once Winter is here they will all perish and that’s in about 2 months from now..All if these rescue organizations want lots of $$$ to do anything and these cats live like a Pride now..Super bonded and born free..How can a feral Forest Cat be taken out of freedom to live separate from Their loved Ones in a Cage in a Shelter.?.Even pets that are Home Raised

        hate the Cages..It’s worse for wild born creatures..I’m not sure what to do..been feeding them and I wish a Farm or someplace where they can still be outdoors can Help..I but maybe when it’s Cold n Icy they will welcome a warm Home with regular food n love..I detest separateing any bonded Animal. but that’s part of life unfortunately..It’s expensive for Me to keep feeding them ..But city feral cats have a fighting chance Forest FerL Cats don’t..I live in Chicago Area.I be been petting them and they seem adoptable.

      • Clara, where I live we trap them. then they are taken to a local vet to be checked out and neutered. If they are young enough to be domesticated, they are given up for adoption. It’s a process. The older cats are tagged (identified) and retuned to the colony. Some people provide little shelters for them and bring food to the area.
        I have a cat who was a stray for about two years before he came to live with me. We thought he lived in the Condo nest door. He was following around a feral cat. A cat that got lose after he had been neutered as a kitten. My neighbor feed him for 12years (outside) He survived quite well. I also feed him when my neighbor was away. The stray I took in had been dumped so he was already domesticated. But, he comes and goes as he pleases. I have never locked him inside except for very short periods.
        If I were you, I would work with some local org. like PAWS to see what can be done. You just might be the one to start it. In case you are wondering the feral cat lasted 12years in the wild. Toward the end he sounded raspy, We could tell his lungs were infected. We helped him as much as he would allow. Then one day, I was walking my neighbors dog and I found that he had passed away. We gave him a fitting burial near the preserve where he lived. I was glad he passed before the temperature really dipped.

    • Do you give them anything in their water such as aloe or any other drink. I have a male crow and female Raven that live together

  21. I have a large murder of crows that has recently learned to come everu day at noon for treats. Usually cat food mixed into wold bird seed and some sort of slightly rotten fruit. They are great in number and have witnessed me putting out food while calling for them, but are reluctant to come close. Am i being too impatient? Is there something else i can do? They only feed once i go back inside. I would like them to not see me as a predator.

    • Same here in Tennessee. Been feeding them for 12 years now and still they very cautious. Perhaps we being some 50 times larger may have a bearing. I still enjoy watching them.

    • I have a large number of crows also. They don’t like me at the door but if I go by the window and watch they are happy to come down to eat in the middle of the yard. We also have a terrace in the backyard. I put there food up there and sit on the swing close to the house i sit and watch them. If I sit for a while they entually comeback to eat..

    • Try leaving the same amount of food as you do everyday, but this time sit at a far away distance. Do not look at them directly, and preferably don’t turn your head towards them either. You should look away when they are feeding or even look down. Patience is key, it’ll take a couple of tries, but the first step is to get the crows to be comfortable feeding with your presence. Keep additional food around somewhere close so as to act as a treat when they finally eat with you sitting around.

      I’ve been feeding crows for a while, they would wait around for their treat but would only eat after I close my door. Recently I took a day to feed them continuous amounts of food. They didn’t mind my presence after some time.

    • Just be patient with them. Make sure you have some sort of routine with them. I always say the same catch phrase and make sure I look at their faces while putting out food. I think it takes a long time. Mine still wait until I go inside to eat too, but they are comfortable with me.

    • I have been feeding crows for years. they love table scraps. They would often sit in the trees waiting for me, but would not fly down until I went back in the house. One was often brave enough to fly down as I was walking back to my house. They are actually as smart as dolphins. I have read that they have families, and generally will not allow a group to be more then ten. They keep the offsprings with them for about 3 years. When they find a mate they are to leave the group and start their own family. They will often keep one bird in the group as a nanny to help with caring for the young. The crows know me and will often call to the others when I walk outside to fly around (I guess to let me know they are hungry?) After feeding them for a year left overs from one person are hardly enough for a group of crows, so I decided to also feed them cracked corn. Now I have a problem with wild turkey’s chasing away the crows and eating the cracked corn.

    • When dealing with your feeding crows, wear the same dark colored clothes everyday, move slowly, don’t have sunglasses or readers on your head. Place a chair outside near by and eat peanuts, and toss a few their way, not at them, and don’t stare at them until they get use to you.

    • I feed crows and keep them afraid of humans because some do not like crows and might harm or kill them. They should always be cautious of humans. They loved pulled pork, peanuts in the shell, cheese, grained bread, cooked chicken skins cut in small pieces, fats, bacon.

    • I’ve noticed most crows just don’t like to be watched while they eat. I was feeding a murder for four generations before I had to move, and they never did seem to get comfortable with my watching. I’d go in the house, come back in a few minutes, food gone.

  22. I tossed out some macadamias once & they loved them!

  23. I have used this page as a reference often and have made friends with a pair of crows by offering a few peanuts to start. those have earned the biggest interactions. Walnuts and almonds don’t seem to be as preferred, but they do take them eventually. Pasta does not seem to be something these crows are interested in at all. They pick it up and deposit the pasta with the peanut shells into my flower bed haha. The big hit has been a hard boiled egg every so often. So it seems they need protein most of all. I would really like to move to dogfood… Are there kinds of dog food recommended over others? What meat combo is best for birds? I would really love any advice. It sure makes my day to see them stop by. They are such amazing creatures.

    • Hello. I have six crows that have been visiting me everyday for the last 18 months (through two Chicago winters). I share my dog’s food with them and they love it. Be sure it’s high quality — I use Blue Wilderness Senior as it is protein rich (30% crude protein) and without fillers. I love that they visit me all the time and even fly in when I whistle. It’s like my own Game of Thrones on the terrace. Good luck!

      • I should have mentioned that years ago I did have a tame crow. Someone had given it to me after finding it under a tree. It wade very young when I got it but it was a lot of fun until something got it. They are vary very intelligent. It used to land on the toe of my boot when it got old enough to fly. If I called it it would also land on my arm if I held it out. I have tried since to tame others but I think you have to get them very soon after they hatch as I was never successful again sadly.

    • I buy cheap,day old bread often. Just before I feed I use a crow call and crow for them to come. I put small pieces of bread in a row along the railing on my deck. The deck is 42 feet long so it takes about three slices to cover the hole thing. I get as many as six or eight crows at one time on the railing. Unfortunately they will not let me get close but I can watch them from inside if I stay away from the door. Each crow will also try to pick up as many pieces as it can though. They can be very comical. I would like to have them tamer but I doubt it will happen.

    • Kirland dog food is pretty good stuff, I feed my wild birds this stuff all the time and it’s not low quality and it’s a decent price.

  24. I’m trying to little pasta today with some corn on the cob they love walnuts I’m going to get some peanuts this is been the best website I found on feeding crows… when you find a baby crow the exact hand-feeding formula really helped from the pet food store

  25. Today is the first day puppy is staying with his mom he’s a three month old crow that I found as a baby he was ready to go with her but then broke his leg so there’s been a 4 week delay and $1000 later….he is back with his mom and 2 siblings….. she has been coming by every night to see if he’s ready to go roost he’s roasted two nights with her and now he’s with her all day up in the Big Pine Tree and getting him back with his family. I am so happy I helped him make it and steel become wild I think he loves me because I’m the first thing he saw when he opened his eyes and he comes to me in the backyard and lands on my head but I’m trying to disconnect so he can survive with his family. I had the time to stay home with them it took a lot of commitment to get him to this point. It looks like he’s going to make it and live a long healthy life even if he has no feeling in the ones foot

    • I love you so much for being kind to the animals!! Kind to the birds and all of God’s creatures!!😘🙋☀️❤️

  26. years ago we had a “murder” of crows that enjoyed the common ground behind our house. i really enjoyed them but they went away. i really missed them. i have noticed recently one or two crows in the area. i want to encourage them. your list of foods they like will be a good start. thanks! any other thoughts on encouraging them?

    • I started throwing oatmeal out for them and they love it! Just plain dry uncooked oatmeal!

      • Aha! I was wondering about oatmeal

    • If you buy a crow call and get some cheap white bread they will eventually get to know your call. They are smart enough to recognize those that feed them and will also get to recognize your call. To start off just call with four fairly short squaks on the call and put out some bread . I get them to eat off of the railing on my deck but unfortunately even after several years they will not come for the bread until I go inside and close the door. You might get lucky after a while with the ones where you are and they may not be as timid as they ones that come here. Good luck and patience perseverance will get you farther than anything else.

    • Crows have been traveling in threes where I live and actually in all of California for year now. They used to travel in four, five, and sixes. I have a great constancy to rely on visiting with the Crows when I will. Value

      RG

    • Did they bother the other birds? I have worked hard to get birds into my yard and would love to earn the trust of some crows but a worried they will scare all my other birds away and eat the birdseed.

      • They do not bother the other birds. I have started putting out corn, seeds and peanuts in a separate area for the crows. I love them because we have a big problem with hawks attacking the smaller birds. The crows will chase off the Hawks. They protect the little birds and provide a warning if Hawks come around.

      • We have ravens, chickadees, and blue jays as our main visitors to our feeders, as well as some kind of large starling or blackbird sort of thing occasionally, and the ravens get along fine with all of them. The biggest issues at our feeders seem to be between the blue jays and the squirrels!

        Mind you, we don’t discourage the squirrels because they’re fun too, and besides, they also help to keep ticks down along with the birds. They don’t go after the feeders; the birds knock down enough seed that they’re quite happy to just go after that.

  27. I’m very upset that I can no longer feed my Crows because my neighbor complained. I was so excited to wake every morning to their little faces waiting for me to give them treats. My 2 little boys loved naming them and giving them treats too. This was only for a half hour in the morning (when our neighbor is gone) so I don’t see why he claims they have “ruined” his yard. His yard looks fine to me!

    Is it safe to feed the Crows in a park or is that a no-no as well?

  28. I found a juvenile crow in my back yard surrounded by cats, very stressed and thirsty. It’s too young to fly. What do I feed this lil guy? Have been giving it syringes of egg yolk from organic eggs. He’s in a box with air holes. His best it far too high to attempt to return him to. He’s not hurt but he’s too little to fly. How often do I feed Max and how much water does he need?

    • Hey Sarah.
      We have picked up a little one in woods a week ago. Lots of dog walkers there and we saw giant bull-mastiff rolling him until the owner called the dog. We brought him home. Injured he couldn’t even walk, never mind flying.

      We fed him and he particularly liked: lean minced beef, finely chipped beef heart, tomatoes (!), finely grated carrot, pork liver. All of this we fed raw, as this is what her preferred. Whatever we fed, we soaked in water (just poured some over the food in the plate), cause little ones don’t drink yet and absorb water through food.

      Trying to achieve a better diet I mixed minced beef with cooked grains (cooked buckwheat but any is good). He ate every 30 mins – 1 hour. We fed him with tweezers, but eventually taught him to pick things up from the plate.
      It’s day 6 now since we picked him up. And he’s already flying short distances (!)

      Don’t get discouraged by poops. These guys as smart and you can train him to do it in a designated place. Just google it.
      Good luck with your lil orphan.

    • If there is a Wildcare Center near you, contact them to care for the little guy till he can fly. I have about 15-20 crows in my backyard daily. I put water out and feed them cat kibble, raw eggs sometimes, popcorn, bread, nuts, and high quality birdseed from Costco. Huge bag….
      I put out two water dishes and change them morning and evening. The drink a lot and they put food into the water as well to get added moisture or to soften food.
      My concern is how to introduce a baby back into nature. That’s why you need to find some ‘bird organizations in your area
      because he may not be accepted back into his original family or group.

      • yes if you can keep the him alive and get them big the mother will be around every day and ready to take over I found a baby raised it for 4 weeks it started flying and mother was there it was ready to go off with his family they were all there for him and then he broke his leg so I kept them in a dog crate for 4 more weeks until its leg healed now his parents are still there willing to take him off the mother will always be there for them they have family atmosphere their cousins or their their answers there he’s out back playing with them although he does still hanging out in my backyard he goes off in the trees and roosts with them. He is still depending upon me for food he picks strawberries and blueberries off the plants

      • Put them back in the nest if you can the mother will take over even if their fledglings Birds can’t smell so it’s a wise tell…. they smell your human scent that’s ridiculous.

        the bird fell three days later the nest fell so I couldn’t put them back so when the mom came around I showed him I had the baby …the mom visits daily for 2 months now and is waiting to bond with him. I call him Puppy… everytime I go to the backyard he flies in Lansing my head she said the round on the patio furniture and goes up in the the trees … he will always be my bird but he’s also free to go with his family…

    • Oh my God you have to see that little guy at least every 30 minutes I gotta catch up condiment dispenser from Walmart and mixeds the baby parrot food with it that you can get a formula with baby food turkey and mix the powder with that with some water so you can squirt it into their mouths when they’re screaming for food. Exact baby feeding formula. .. it has a lot of protein for Dan and it’s easy to have ready but you have to mix it maybe 3 times a day… I just raise the baby crow and you have to be there every minute for 4 weeks then they become young adults and start flying you may always have to support them feeding until they’re parents come back and take over there parents will be looking for them

    • Wet dog food off the end of your finger works well.

  29. We recently had a crow fall in our pool, and it is unable to move it’s legs because of brain damage, what should I do?

    • Put it out of its misery.

      • Wow Ava, you are pretty quick to sentence it to death. Not all signs & symptoms are indicators of permanent conditions. This little one may have a spinal cord injury (more likely than brain damage) causing the leg issue. Some neurological issues resolve over time with no invasive treatments. At least one should give the feathered kid a chance to recover. Seeking out a vet or a rehab may help. Simply killing and injured animal is a pretty heartless thing to do without truly assessing the situation.

    • Did you try feeding him and see if it is in shock for hitting the water or did he land on the concrete in the pool?♡Take him too a vet.people are quick to kill them.

    • I always put injured birds in a box with some water and check on them every few hours. Most recover and fly away the first time I look.

    • I hope you found a vet or rehabber to help with the bird! There is a chance the leg issue is not permanent. It is more likely that there is a spinal ord injury not brain damage causing the loss of use, but being in shock is another and far less permanent cause

      It the little one lived, how is it doing now??

      • ugh cannot type well right now…*spinal cord injury

  30. my crows sit in a walnut tree after putting walnuts in the tracks of our ranch trucks, in neat rows and wait for us to crack them….and they steal eggs from any unguarded bird nest, eating the eggs on the same wide cement horse water trough…….beyond that I’ve tried many kitchen treats but only peanuts are taken…..

  31. I think it’ll take a long time to read all the comments above, but I am planning to, and I am glad to know what to do with all the eggs I get rid of because I only use them for a couple weeks. Otherwise the gases that build up start making me feel bad, but it is long before the expiration date. Now I will try that hard-boiled version of baking them in a muffin pan. Had some leftover Cooked rice I was about to toss from like 5 days ago, so I guess they can get that too. Thanks for posting this! ~ Ed

    • I have been leaving peanuts for the crows and the come to eat them everyday. I will occasionally leave a hard boiled egg with the peanuts and the entire egg will disappear. However, I recently found one of the crows watching me while I was walking and I left it a hard boiled egg and walked away. It flew down to the ground and used it beak to roll the egg around but then left it. I returned an hour later and there were 6 crows in the area but none of them bothered with the egg. They did however follow me about as I walked. Why would they not eat the egg or take it away?

      • They want you to break the egg up for them! They cant pick it up whole. Smart birds.

      • I noticed that the young birds do not know how to do certain things (like pick up a hard boiled egg). I saw the same thing and my egg sat there until one of the older birds showed up and displayed this posturing like ‘step aside son and watch how it’s done’ and smacked the egg in pieces with his beak. He swallowed as much as he could and flew away. Then the young ones jump on the left overs. The next time I threw the egg, the young ones knew what to do. So cool!

    • We’ve got crows in my development. I’m planning on giving them a treat.

  32. How about chicken cus this crow just took some of my popeyes

  33. I’m really glad I found this site! Not a lot of folks that live around me like Crows or understand why I’m so interested in them, so it’s wonderful to share information with like-minded people. I feel blessed that such smart and beautiful creatures have chosen my yard to hang out.

    So far my Crows like wild bird seed mix, duck pellets, sweet corn, raisins, all kinds of nuts, hard boil eggs, brown rice, cut up grapes. So I have a question about whether or not turkey hot dogs (no nitrates) and cheese are good for them? When I placed these items all cut up into little bites on a plate for them, about 15 Crows came out of nowhere and devoured all of it.

    Look forward to your comments…Thanks!

    • I happened across this site and am pleased to see other folks who admire and respect Ravens.
      I’ve been feeding the same HUGE raven (he has to run down the driveway to get airlift) and his family for about 10 years. I throw Purina dog chow out every morning. The family of Ravens talk and wait until the HUGE raven lands, fills his crop and leaves….then the rest fly down from the trees and devour the remained of the dog food. I assume he is the matriarch and the family shows respect, allowing him to eat first.
      During the day, several ravens and crows will see me sitting at my dining table and continually fly back and forth by the window until I get up and throw out another scoop of dog food. They actually know my voice an show up when I call them. They are very punctual….5:30am the sentry is in the tall tree waiting for breakfast…..then he calls the others….and the noise begins…..if I oversleep past 5:30am….the relentless calling begins until I get up and toss out food….

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      • I absolutely love this comment! I have been wondering what to feed a crow i keep seeing in my yard. I assume he lives around here.. I woke up and searched this because of the noise he/they were making outside!! I have never seen a raven before but I would love to! And to have had the privilege of caring for one for so long would be amazing. Thanks for this!

      • I also feed crows each morning, leftovers usually. but if I don’t have any leftovers, I usually make a sandwich of peanut butter and bananas. Sometimes dog kibble, I feed high quality, not the cheap stuff you can get in Supermarkets, I would never even feed that stuff to my dogs or cats. I feed between 6:30 and 7, if I have not feed by 7 they call to me. I just feel bad because we are going to move in a few months

      • Ravens and crows are different birds.

      • I have been feeding all of the birds for years. It is my true pleasure and a wonderful way to connect to nature. Crow have never been a favorite mainly due to them being nest robbers, but put up with it…because this is part of nature. There were over 20 crows, all family, that lived here…until a guy moved in below me that started shooting all the crows & seagulls …and let them suffer, if not fully dead. inhumanely killed his own pigs with a knife..and beats his dogs. I reported him but nothing was done. The mom of 2 crows in my tree was apparently shot and now have have 2 pet crows…1 very vocal, the other very quiet. I have been feeding them wild bird seed but appreciate hearing about other choices and especially what is toxic or not good for them…thank you!

      • Marcia: What part of the country to you live in? Please continue to report that horrible man. He is a psychopath and someone needs to deal with him. Please contact the Humane Society or SPCA or Animal Control group in your area. They must stop him from torturing and killing animals. He is not a sane or safe person to have as a neighbor. For the sake of the poor defenseless animals and even YOUR safety he needs to be reported. You can do it anonymously if you are fearful of him(I would be).
        Until he is stopped I would not feed the crows. They are endangered around him so it’s not good to encourage them to come there. They will find other, hopefully safer, areas to find food.

      • Marcia, you definitely need to be hyper-vigilant regarding that neighbor. He sounds like a sociopath of the worst kind. Many serial killers/murderers start off being horribly abusive to animals and work their way up to killing them, from there it is but a small step to to do the same torture and murder of humans. They start small and work their way up to bigger beings to kill.

        If animal control will do nothing to help, contact a game warden (they have authority outside of parks/state land/etc. (They do not tend to require search warrants if they suspect the person is doing illegal things to animals) the ASPCA, rescue organizations and MOST DEFINITELY THE POLICE They need to know, even if they seem to blow you off, make sure they file a written report. This man may already be in the system for things like violent outbursts/domestic abuse/assaults. He may even be on parole for a violent crime, the harming/torturing/killing animals may break his parole. Report him to your apt manager as well. They may force an eviction due to his actions.

        Do whatever you must to insure the safety of the animals/birds and humans! That man is dangerous. I would not advise a direct confrontation because he may well come after you. If you are trained well in self defence/use of firearms/etc you may wish to talk to him. Even a highly trained and experienced person can be at risk, so please be careful!

        I agree with Birdie2006 regarding the feeding of the crows. I would hold off until that man is dealt with. Otherwise you are basically baiting the crows for him to shoot/torture/kill.

    • I feed one crow inform of my house. Then two came then three. AT first feeding they fought.

      • marcia

        Marcia, you definitely need to be hyper-vigilant regarding that neighbor. He sounds like a sociopath of the worst kind. Many serial killers/murderers start off being horribly abusive to animals and work their way up to killing them, from there it is but a small step to to do the same torture and murder of humans. They start small and work their way up to bigger beings to kill.

        If animal control will do nothing to help, contact a game warden (they have authority outside of parks/state land/etc. (They do tend to require search warrants if they suspect the person is doing illegal things to animals) the ASPCA, rescue organizations and MOST DEFINITELY THE POLICE They need to know, even if they seem to blow you off, make sure they file a written report. This man may already be in the system for things like violent outbursts/domestic abuse/assaults. He may even be on parole for a violent crime, the harming/torturing/killing animals may break his parole. Report him to your apt manager as well. They may force an eviction due to his actions.

        Do whatever you must to insure the safety of the animals/birds and humans! That man is dangerous. I would not advise a direct confrontation because he may well come after you. If you are trained well in self defence/use of firearms/etc you may wish to talk to him. Even a highly trained and experienced person can be at risk, so please be careful!

        I agree with Birdie2006 regarding the feeding of the crows. I would hold off until that man is dealt with. Otherwise you are basically baiting the crows for him to shoot/torture/kill.

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    • I’ve been feeding the Crows off the roof of my apartment building so I can watch them , there’s so gorgeous! Thanks for your post!

    • I too, am fascinated with crows! I find this information very helpful!

    • They will eat almost anything you put out. They especially like white bread in pieces. If you go,to a store and buy a crow call and blow it several times before you put anything out eventually they will learn your call and come when called.

  34. I carry a bag of raisins to feed to the crows I encounter. I used to use walnuts, but the price of them went nuts so I switched to raisins because they’re cheaper. The crows seem to be happy with either. I tried sunflower seeds, but they didn’t seem that interested in them. Maybe they’re not enough of a “treat” for them to risk getting close to a human.

    • Crows can’t eat pineapple as it will kill them.

  35. It’s a myth that birds can’t eat uncooked rice. It’s not hot enough in a bird’s stomach to actually “cook” the rice. So, the rice doesn’t swell and cause any sort of an explosion. that rumor was perpetuated in a 1996 ann landers column.Birds eat rice during migration all the time

    • The rice CAN swell without any cooking effect being introduced.. The moisture from stomach acids & intestinal fluids may cause the rice to enlarge & subsequently become sticky therefore bonding to itself . The risk is not so much an explosion as is a relatively solid and large mass being created by the exposure to the liquids. This in turn can cause a blockage which can have many other ill effects. It can cause things such as dehydration, internal pressure on the heart/lungs/other vital organs or ruptures which create bleeding. This may, in turn, cause further dehydration/sepsis/suffocation/heart attack , any of which can lead to a horribly painful and slow death.

      It is better to use cooked rice or other food option whenever possible

  36. Thank you for the article. I feed the crows in my backyard because I have chickens and the crows run off the Hawks. They are a wonderful natural deterrent of aerial predators so I try to keep the crows very happy!

  37. Once hand raised a magpie which are very close to crows except prettier and noisier. Birds stand a certain way and make a peculiar sound when being fed, every time. At least when young. Magpies are FED by their parents almost a full year, passing on their experience. Very intelligent and great mimics, better than most other birds. ( I believe like a myna ). Never never let someone tell you to slit a birds tongue. That’s an old wives tale I think stemming from the fact their tongues don’t move off the bottom of their mouths. They use their tongues to “taste. My Maggie spoke clearly and whistled to call the dogs. Said thing like “here kitty kitty”. Drove my other animals crazy. Lol. It picked up cuss words the most quickly and tv taught it a lot. Anytime you have a bird make sure it has water. Was not fun hand feeding water. It learned to drink right away but questioned what to eat and needed to be hand fed for close to a year.

    • We had a blue jay that learned to meow like our cat. Didn’t realize this until my Mum, who would daily put out peanuts for them, forgot one morning. Heard meowing outside but when she looked the cat was asleep right there. Looked out and there was a blue jay (Stellar’s jay, to be precise) on the railing where the peanuts usually went, meowing at her!

      Another time when we forgot one perched on a chair on our balcony and rapped on the window with its beak. Great birds! Very smart, friendly, and fun.

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  39. I’ve been feeding the crows for a few months now. They built a nest in a 40′ pine tree. I hear one baby squawk all day and see the parents flying up to feed it. So today, they left me a gift!! A red cigar paper package with gold foil. Made me so happy. *My crows do not like fruit of any kind. Would post a photo of my gift but don’t know how to do that here.

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    • They are very intelligent once they are your friend they will bring the whole flock to meet you. If anyone harms them They Mourn over though. And they never forget a person who did something bad to them and then they tell the whole family and warn them and they never forget generation after generation will know the person that harm to them I saw this on a documentary on television.

      • i saw that. I have even read that the crows this lady was feeding. Saved her life one day from 2 guys attacking her. The crows attacked the men! Amazing how smart they are & never forget the people that are kind to them. Crows are one of my favorite birds. When i was in my teens a Raven got into my Dad’s garage & couldn’t figure out how to go back out the door. He thought he could get out the glass window which was closed. I put on one of my Father’s heavy gloves & kept talking , soothingly to the Raven. He got on the gloved hand, never once trying to bite me. I took him to the garage door & let him fly away. It was the most amazing things that has happened to me in my life. I see lots of crows, but that is the one & only Raven I have ever seen. They are huge! And so gorgeous!

    • I have been feeding my North Seattle neighborhood crows (a family of 3, sometimes 4) for about 2 years. I throw a handful of frozen grapes into their water dish every night when I change the water. They always come for the grapes early in the morning and I feed them cheese and nuts in the late morning.

      Last spring, they brought me a clump of nesting material – straw, twigs and random bits of fur and fuzz. I immediately thought that they had simply forgotten it; I left it on my balcony exactly where they had dropped it, in the same area that I leave their food. After a couple of days, when they had come and gone several times, I assumed it was a “gift” meant for me. I have read that crows have different cultures, depending on where they live. Seattle crows have a reputation for gift giving and clever interactions, and I am hoping for no less from my small corvid family!

  40. This is very helpful.

  41. Thank you for the info
    There’s a group of crow I have counted 7 but I think there’s more in my backyard for the past three days I have been leaving them popcorn n bioled eggs but once I go out side they fly away n don’t come back I want them to know I’m here for them n I would love them to bring me a gift I read crow bring u rocks that would be so cool how can I get them to trust me

    • Hi, Barbara!
      I recently threw some peanuts in my backyard for the crows. I have been doing this for a few days now, always at the same time. They have now figured out where the “good stuff ” is coming from, and now they are regular visitors around the same time every day! Amazingly smart birds! Don’t give up….be patient….and they will come–in droves!!

      • Yes, they like the unsalted peanuts in shell. So do the squirrels. But I just saw a Crow pick up 3 at a time. I’m glad they are smart, smarter than the squirrels.

    • Murder.

  42. I am so glad I found this site! Finally some great tips about what to do for crows and more importantly, what not to do. I too started feeding a few crows that began regularly visiting my back yard. One had an injured leg, however, seemed to do fine. His fellow crows would guard him while he ate first. I would put his food on the ground with a bowl of water. Amazing to watch him soak his food before eating it. I have been feeding them for over a year and a half. Always researching to be sure I am feeding them only the foods that are beneficial. Most of the time it is just a very high quality dog food. It is their favorite. Once in a while I treat them to their other favorite, a butter cookie (no chocolate). Hoping this is ok? Sadly, I have not seen the injured crow for several months. But the others are here every day at the same times. If their food is not there, they let me know. And all my neighbors as well.

    My husband and sons tease me when I tell them about the unusual behaviors I see with “my crows”. I don’t think they believed me until they saw it for themselves.

    There is one crow that while I am filling their bowls, sits on a low branch and makes very unusual noises. Sometimes a kind of pinging sound….When I look up he sort of bows. I make a very specific clicking noise to call the crows and they come…… but this one repeats it. Regardless of the number of clicking noises I make, he makes the same. Is this my imagination?

    There is one more silly question I have. If the crows are eating, and any other threatening bird arrives (we have some Turkey Vultures that try to eat their food), they start all cawing frantically…. like I am sure they typically do when threatened. This happens often, so I go outside, and shoo the vultures away and stand there while the crows come back and continue eating. Any time this happens, as soon as I walk outside they seem to know they are safe and come back to their bowls right away. This is when I typically see a few crows come very close to me and make the unusual noises. Along with the bowing.

    Is this just wishful thinking that they know I am protecting them? Either way, I choose to believe they know me and know I am caring for them.

    • Good for you, very intelligent birds crows, they’ll be quick to voice displeasure at late mealtimes…. And yes, they clearly understand that you are the alpha ‘bird’ driving away predators. Viz the noise and bowing, they have a wide range of vocalisations and use them differently. They also have a strong hierarchy and hold ‘courts’where wrongdoers are punished according to the severity of their crimes, sometimes driven away, or even injured.

      • I agree with this site very much. It is very true. I am very glad to know what these birds like to eat.

    • About soaking their food: I feed squirrels,crows, hummingbirds and all the other birds from my balcony. I put out bowls of sunflower seeds and almonds which everyone eats and fill a large birdbath with fresh water everyday. The squirrels and birds drink the water from the birdbath and recently I have noticed almonds in the birdbath. I just assumed the squirrels were dropping them in there. I usually just take them out of the water and lay them on the rail to dry.
      I have been feeding the crows for a couple of years. They sit in a pepper tree and I throw treats to them. They have always been too shy to come on the balcony. Until now. Yesterday I actually saw one drinking from the birdbath and he/she dropped an almond in the water. Ah ha! He/she didn’t take it out of the water and it is still there today. I have left them in the bath for a couple of days in the past and no one comes to eat them, so do you think the crow is leaving it as a gift? So funny. I just love all my furry and feathered visitors.

  43. Hi all! Glad to see crow lovers like myself. Lots of comments here about how to care for a crow that you have found injured. Just to let everyone know, crows are ILLEGAL to keep or keep as pets! If you find one in need, do what you have to do…. but if you do help, tell no one. Do not call a vet because most likely they with euthanize the poor thing. Crows are a protected bird, just like the eagle. There is a species of crow called the American crow, which you can buy. They have a white chest. If you want to keep a crow as a pet, PLEASE read about their care thoroughly BEFORE taking one on. They are very messy and destructive birds. They take special care and commitment. I LOVE crows, and will help if in need…. but decided not to keep as a pet because of what is involved in doing so. All I ask is PLEASE read, for hours, about their proper care before making any decisions.

    • We have two crows who, like another person commented, seem to wait for us to put out a snack. One of the crows has a foot that looks mangled, but he/she seems healthy otherwise. I have been feeding them all sorts of bread (no white bread) and will try some of the other foods listed on this website.

    • Love the crows and have been feeding them for years. I have taken injured ones to a rehabilitation facility called Wildlife in Crisis in Easton, CT. Some have been able to be released some have remained at the facility in large screened in housing to live out their lives. Glad to find kindred spirits that see these beautiful creatures for what they are!!

      • We have an i jured crow here that we would like to get help for..how do you catch them?

    • Hi Leigh-Ann or anyone who knows the answer for this question. Is it safe to feed crows or seagulls jujubes?
      Thanks Coreen

      • WHAT THE HELL ARE JUJUBES ? if THEY ARE SWEETS THE ANSWER IS NO…..

      • Absolutely NOT. NO NO NO. Why would you do that anyway?? Did you even read what is written above to feed and NOT feed crows? Jujubes are hard candies. There is no nutrition in them for crows or even humans. With all the other foods available in the world why would you feed Jujubes? Sorry, but i f THAT is what you are feeding birds then you shouldn’t be feeding birds.

      • My guess is that she was referring to the fruits of the jujube tree, Zizipyus jujuba. The fruits are edible and popular in other parts of the world, but I am not crazy about the taste.

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  45. What about bread ?

    • Hi me and my son have just found an adult crow with a broken wing, we have brought him home but would like some tips or any help with how to care for him, he doesn’t seem afraid and is hopping round but what should we feed him,

      • Hello, corvids are mainly insectivores and needs high doses of proteins found in insects. So insects are best for him (crickets, grasshoppers – you can buy it in pet shop), seeds and grains, sometimes lean meat and viscera (never pork), fruit and vegetables and also you can buy pellets for insectivore birds – or high quality pellets for cats or dogs. Give him an egg yolk once in a while, he will surely love it. If you feed him bread or any other bakery products, always give him stale one (at least a day or two), never fresh – it would cause them digestive problems. And never forget to always provide him with fresh water he can drink and probably bath at 🙂
        Best of luck and health to both your bird and you!
        Johana
        PS I have a pet magpie, so i speak from experience

    • The article has answered this for you (see #6 under “The Best”). If you want to feed them bread, give them only good quality whole grain bread – no white bread!

    • As stated above in the “10 Best and Worst Things to Feed A Crow” (did you read it?), yes, bread is ok as long as it is a whole grain. No plain white bread or anything with plain white flour. After all ,the reason you are feeding crows( I assume) is for their goodwill and health. So just feed them something nutritious/healthy and you should be ok.

  46. We have fed crows bread for years. Every Sunday they, a group of 3, used to wait in the neighbourhood for the left over breakfast pancakes. Will they eat apple cores?

    • Apple cores have seeds that are poisonous to them

    • i feed them “bamba” it is an israeli peanut butter snack.
      i am not sure if it is a crow, but they do seem to help me
      when i am down and out. oh n they will NOT eat bread!
      i make them noodles which they love, and cassrole of mixed stuff
      nuts i tried to give em they won’t eat that.
      i now have peasant pigeons and another group.
      i used to leave out water, and that is how they came, actually they ate all my leaves from a plant.
      leaving the plant bare. some times i think the plant is crack to them what to us is just a nice smelling
      plant.
      p.s. i do not think they are crows. but what i find interesting is that the birds yell or make noises, and if i don’t feed them
      then i hear a crow. sometimes i hear cats too yelling the whole night and then i hear a crow.
      weird but i guess if we don’t help animals who call out for help their last thing that happens to them is they become a crow.
      can a human also be a crow or raven?
      will we all end up being crows or birds?

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  48. Thank you for the article! Is it safe to feed crows dried salmon treats? They were purchased for my cats but are pretty hard chunks, so my cats don’t eat them. I want to make sure they are safe for crows.

    • Careful they don’t contain salt or preservatives. MOST OF THE FREEZE DRIED TREATS ARE BAD FOR THIS.

  49. Loved your article. Started feeding some crows earlier in the year, got to know what they like. If I haven’t fed them in a timely manner, they sit outside in a tree or on the fence and look in and let me know lol Glad I am not the only one fond of crows!

    • OMG, Mary, thanks for your post about feeding crows. I started buying bird seed, sunflower seeds and peanuts to feed the birds in my yard and trees. Then, when my dog and cat didn’t finish their dinners I cook for them, I tossed the leftovers (chicken, turkey, some veggies, rice or pasta) out for the crows and they loved it. Like you, the squirrels, crows and other little birdies hang out on the fence and in the trees waiting for their morning feast and my pets stopped chasing them once they realized they might be pets, too, just wild ones.

    • Exactly the same with me! If I haven’t fed my pair of crows by a certain time, they come and peer in at me to remind me! Love them!

  50. I have a crow that appears to be very ill but unsure what to do feed it or what what do you suggest I do it seems it got into a fight with other crows and it’s probably hurt but again I don’t know and don’t want it to die.

    • Contact your state wildlife office. They can tell you someone who can legally rehab birds. And bless you for your kindness. I love crows too.

      • I have rescued a crow which clearly has had its wing clipped by a car, he is now in my old chicken coop eating well on dog mixer, fruit and nuts he is in no distress but his wing is still hanging a little low! I rang a local centre that claims to take in crows and any other animals in distress, and they told me it needs to be euthanised, WHAT I said? why its perfectly ok apart from an injured wing and is eating and drinking and now looks out for what Im bringing him/her and is perky. I could not kill a thing I say sorry for swatting a fly or treading on a snail.
        Any ideas of what to do I have emailed vets and they have not replied I do not trust any of these so called centres now if this is their advice, can anyone here help me?

      • Do you still have the crow? I would gladly take her.

    • I hear you. I love crows to. Crows are a protected bird… who knew! The are illegal to keep or keep as pets 🙁 There is a species called the American crow that is legal, but you have to buy them. They have white chests. If your going to adopt or help a crow, just keep it on the down low and tell no one.

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    “Tomatoes, like potatoes and other nightshades, have a tasty fruit that is fine when used as a treat for your bird. ”

    That could be interpreted as it’s okay to feed potato fruits to crows. I’m pretty sure potato fruits are extremely toxic, to humans and birds alike.

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  56. I found a young crow not injured but unable to fly just before nightfall with two big cats in my yard preoccupied with each other, so they didn’t notice the bird. I had thought it was dead as my cat always brings us home “gifts” :/. But as soon as i got close it hopped towards me and sat on my foot. Ive been sitting inside with the little crow in a cat cage contemplating what to do its been sleeping for about two hours now.. should i keep the little guy. Ive always liked crows and they hold a religious meaning for myself. But i just want to help him what should, could i do for him.

    • I, too, found a crow last week – an adult, dark eyes. Have a call in to a local wildlife rehabilitator (just Google it, each state has a link), but no return call yet. Jim Crow was very dehydrated but has come around. Monitoring him – I can’t tell if he has a broken wing? Luckily have him outdoors in a large cage I raised baby chicks in. A finicky eater – some days will gobble down a well cut up hot dog. Loves raw chicken. Blueberries. Absolute favorite is raw egg yolks – goes right for it; luckily I own chickens! Don’t forget the fresh water. Try moistened hearty bread, too. Mine likes a variety, it seems. Are there any other crows hanging around the area looking for yours? Cats are a pain, for sure. So do check out a local rehabilitator. And good luck. They are a religious symbol to my husband also.

    • It is illegal to keep a crow in the US. Please contact your local wildlife rehabilitator asap. Thank you for taking the time to care for it 🙂

      • How’s all these laws working for humanity… wake up and feed the crows

      • Erin: I assume you mean well, but sometimes even though it may be “illegal” you have to take some initiative to decide what is best for the immediate circumstances. I am pretty sure (based on the comments here) that no one is capturing and trapping crows for illegal purposes or ill intent. They are caring people who have come across a situation with a suffering or injured animal that needs immediate attention. Contacting”your local wildlife rehabilitator” is all fine and good if there is one close by or even open. Otherwise, in my opinion, coming to this website and others for help about crows may be the best answer in the short term.

    • we found a young crow too just.only a few feathers downy belly.seagulls trashed nest.parent still calling him but we cannot renest him and he cant fly enough just flutter so is cat bait in this town.LOTS OF POO!!!he in spare room in open box with towel in it all room covered in newspaper.feeding him organic minced beef ,organic brown bread and a very little oats mixed in very damp squeezed into balls.he has on request 2 half marble sized every half an hour.he likes sitting in the window looking and is very well now.BIG COMMITMENT…we need build an outside safe place and aim to let him choose to stay or leave from that when fully fledged and flying.Trying not to humanise him via contact…very hard as he seeks contact.

    • Crows throw their young out of the nest about a week before they can properly fly. The parents will do their best to protect them by dive-bombing anyone who comes near. The purpose, I suppose, is that it distributes the risk of predation. In the nest, all birds would probably die at once if a predator (a raccoon for example) found them. Spread out in various locations on the ground, they have a better chance of survival individually. It is best to leave young crows on the ground alone, unless they are in trouble. If they are in trouble, try relocate them to a safe location where the parents can see or at least hear them, so that can continue to protect them. Only in the event the young bird is injured or there is no sign of the parents visiting, feeding and protecting it, should you take other action, such as calling a wildlife service.

      • The reason crows, jays, grackles leave the nest and go to ground before they can fly is so the parents can teach them to fly (chick’s have to try to get to parents for food) & the parents teach them how to find food on the ground by demonstrating foraging techniques (chick’s watch and learn). Is best to leave clicks alone. You can put back in nest if you find one on ground but the chick will probably jump from nest pretty quick.

    • Please take it to a Wildlife Center. They will know how to take care of it properly and release it back into its natural enviorment.

  57. I found a baby crow , and this is the second one , I did not any thing with first one , cuz
    the family were there and I thought they will take care of the baby , but she died , today I saw the second baby from the same tree and the same family , I waited till 9:30 pm nothing happened , also there is allot of cats , raccoons , afraid will get her or she will dies just like her sister. I took her home for the night , I fed her some ground beef just a bit and she ate it . but didn’t like bread or the cat food. what should I do next , I can’t get her back on the tree , and its located at an intersection , please help me to help her. I love crows and don’t want her to die. thanks, I live in Canada. BC.

    • How is it going with the babycrow? dont forget the water. Youll have to take it to tne vet, or maybe go to the zoo for help.(?)

    • This is probably late but if you live in Vancouver area I know of a bird rehab center in the Burnaby lake park, called Wildlife Rescue Association of BC.

    • I am raising a baby crow as I speak using common sense they can eat most anything we eat.eggs meat some bread soaked canned and soaked dry dog food some cheese also worms grubs fruit go online and they will tell u what they should and shouldn’t be fed

  58. Crows love meat, chicken, egg yolks, and unsalted peanuts. I love the assertive ones that just fly in and go to town.

  59. Hi guys. Earlier today I found a disheveled crow that was unable to fly and far to clumsy to escape any likely predators. When my dogs spotted him I called them away and on closer inspection saw that it was missing its right eye. I couldn’t take it to the vet today as they where closed when I got the bird home. Tomorrow is Sunday so I can’t take it then. I’ve given it some tinned dog food (wet) and a bowl of water and put it in a covered box. It got out earlier and got onto my mum’s desk and I don’t see a way it could have gotten there without flying. It is recovering fast but my mum and I aren’t sure we can let it go, emotionally for us and physically for it. Over saving it from my dogs, carrying it home, naming it (Phouka) and singing to it I’ve become quite attached. Is it legal for me to keep it?
    Thanks, sherbetthealpaca

    • Hi Sherbeth, I hope by now the crow is good enough to fly. What area are you in? I found a crow a few weeks ago but luckily I live near Project Wildlife, the poor crow had a broken wing. It’s friend/mom/sibbling was hovering near him trying to help. They live in families. they fix the animals up and re-release them where you found them. Make sure the crow has lots of water to drink at will. also as much as we love to keep the wild life we find as well. because WE become attached it is not good for the animal, they are already attached to the birds/animals they were born with. and they always never make it in captivity. They need miles to fly and to mate and nest. It is cruel to keep a wild bird in captivity. If you still have the bird and it is missing an eye that may be a problem. can you let me know what area you live in and I can see if there is anywhere you might be able to take him? lisegreen@gmail.com 🙂

      • Birds can’t smell anyway, that whole “birds will abandon their young” is a myth.

    • I have a sick crow in my yard, I usually feed it with hot dogs and white bread not sure what to give at this point what do you suggest? The crow is drinking water and does fly

  60. A baby crow has fallen in our pond I managed to get it out and iv left it outside on a warm hot waterbottle to try warm up a bit and left some nuts there too I know the parents are sort of near as I can hear them I’m just worried they won’t find him iv put him in view and put dried grass on the water bottle so it’s not really goty scent on it what else can I do?

    • Birds can’t smell anyway, that whole “birds will abandon their young” is a myth. (Replied to teh wrong post originally)

  61. It sounds like everyone here loves crows, so I just wanted to post something very important: if a crow is obviously injured and can’t move, that might be a time to try and help it. HOWEVER, if you come across a fledgling that has jumped or fallen out of the nest and cannot fly back up yet, DO NOT TAKE IT INTO YOUR HOUSE! *Especially* if you hear adult crows above squawking distress or warning signals! This is how baby crows learn to fly — how else *could* they learn? They can’t do it by flapping around on a tree branch — they MUST land on the ground and figure out how to get back up and sometimes this takes several days. if you take it away, you are essentially kidnapping it from its family! If there are cats stalking the fledgling and you do NOT hear other crows crying out , maybe you can find a way to attach a shallow box up in a tree where a cat cannot reach it but the crow parents *can* if they need to, and then you can see if the baby is being cared for. But bringing an uninjured fledgling inside when it is in the process of learning to fly is absolutely cruel and selfish. Even if you raise the crow and it becomes a healthy adult, it will never be able to be with other crows again because crows *teach* their young how to get food, how to navigate, and *especially* how to talk! Crows actually have language and they are taught the different sounds and their meanings from the time they are born. If you interrupt this process, the baby will never learn the vocabulary and when it encounters other crows if you release it, it will be helpless, unable to understand what they are saying and they will not know what it is trying to say either. The learning period has passed while you kept it away from its family in your house.

    There are some heartbreaking videos on YouTube posted by a man who has done just that – brought a baby Crow into his house even as the other crows were flying around terrified and heartbroken. Months later, he has hand-raised this bird and it flies tame around his house — he starts to let it fly outside and it stays nearby. And then some other crows see the young crow and recognize it, calling to it frantically, trying to get its attention. Because crows have very specific territories and ranges, it is very likely these are parents recognizing their child. But the child doesn’t know that because it was taken away at such a young age and now it does not recognize or understand the crow sounds to mean anything. And the man who kept this crow baby tells us in the video that these crows are “angry” — he’s smoking cigarettes and blowing smoke in the young crow’s face and he thinks thT this is a good life for this “pet” that he now owns. He treats The crow as if he is stupid and he says that the other crows are stupid too! — he says they’re MAD that there is another crow in their territory– !!! HE IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG!! I have hardly seen anything that made me as sad as the videos by this ignorant jerk who stole a baby and made it so that it cannot understand when it’s own frantic family is calling to it helplessly!

    PLEASE DON’T DO THIS!!! Be responsible and read about crows and their characteristics and learn what to do and not to do! Crows are as smart or smarter than chimpanzees and parrots and *those* animals can learn to understand human language and communicate with us, which means that they are NOT animals to be kept in little cages as pets. Be compassionate and educated. Love animals in a good and healthy way, not a selfish self-serving one – don’t trap a crow because you think it would be nice to own one – a crow does not want to be “owned” anymore than you do. ❤️

    P.S. An amazing and very fun book to read is “Gifts of the Crow” by scientists at the University of Washington. Also try googling that title and their website. Thanks for reading, crow friends. 🙂

    • sempreluna, you seem to know a lot about crows. I picked up a fledgling a couple of days ago thinking it was an injured adult. No parents were in sight, by the way, and the area is crawling with cats. Although this sucker might just be big enough not to be in their prey spectrum anymore. Anyway, now I know it’s a fledgling. Eyes are blue, feathers not fully grown, doesn’t fly yet, and it is easy to pick up. BUT a friend of mine who knows birds well – especially parrots – took a look via a video I sent him and confirmed what I also thought I saw: its feet are paralyzed, which apparently is a common symptom of poisoning, maybe heavy metal poisoning. I am trying to find a vet who is ready to deal with this issue but at the same time I understand I must return this bird to the site where I found it asap. Would you advocate skipping the vet visit and returning the bird immediately?

    • excellent input crow friend.However the crow we found had been turfed out by seagulls from a pine tree over 60 feet tall.cats all over on the estate.we live a few yards from where it was found kept windows open so it can hear.it has astounding sight and gets very active when it sees roosting in it tree.The cats would have got it that night it was very weak and not remotely close to off ground alone.so 2 days of stuffing it with yummy meat and grain organic and the change is amazing.looks like it coulod fight off panthers now.we will put it in a small tree tommorrow eve and stand gaurd and see if parent comes dowm.even if we take it in every night till it can fly off at least it is recognised in home tree.answering all the crow blogs would be good but some people seem dumb…kind dumb and do not get FREE or WILD.x

    • what’s the youtube username of the smoking idiot?

    • Excellent advice. You are obviously very caring!!

  62. so, ive got a crow,near fully grown. I found him yesterday in an urban park and he was unable to avoid me catching him. He hasnt eaten anything but some milk soaked bread which I think was bad for him as he has been making regular mess. He just lays there and I worry he is dying? Are crows capable of refusing to live in captivity? What can I do to help him? If i offer him food like fruit or luncheon meat, he ignors it or turns his beak away…also his “thumb claw” does stick out the back of his talon but curls between his other claws?

    • i think maybe you should leave him alone after you give him food, and after a while come back and check if he’s eaten it. If you’re going to give him bread, maybe rip it into little pieces and dont soak it in milk and give it separately?

    • Crows cannot have milk or other dairy products because they are lactose intolerant. Try giving him nuts or other fruits, such as blueberries; crows love unsalted peanuts best. Also, don’t try to force him to eat. Give him easy access to water, and put the food in places where he can get at it. Leave him alone after you give him his food, a lot of animals prefer not to be watched while eating; it makes them feel nervous and vulnerable. Let him be outside; if your backyard is big enough, put him there for a few hours a day, but KEEP AN EYE ON HIM. Try to get him moving a bit, don’t frighten him, just try something as easy as putting his food and water in a place where he’d have to move a little bit to get it. If he is simply refusing to eat or drink, try using an eye dropper or a syringe to give him water, and gently pry his beak open just enough to slip some food inside. And remember, if you think he needs better help or is sick, or even if he continues to refuse food and water, TAKE HIM TO A VETERINARIAN! That’s about all the help I can give you, I hope it helps.

  63. my apologies that was supposed to say irreperable damage. I’m not sure how to edit my post

  64. I thought I found a juvenile crow but it turns out it was fledgling Raven. I did some research and found out any wild bird is federally protected so I took it to a local wildlife rehab facility. They told me that potentially I could have been fined $7000. They also told me Ravens and crows are carnivorous and they were really upset with me that I had fed this fledgling garbanzo beans and wheat pasta and said he was very malnourished. I had only had him for a few days after my boyfriend’s cousin found him and took him to a vet who wrapped his leg in a splint and now has caused it repairable damage to both of the poor babies legs. This vet was obviously not an avian vet I hope is now being investigated. Ravens and crows are so majestic and beautiful and I am heartbroken that if this fledgling makes it he will probably never be released to the wild because of what the inexperienced vet did to his legs.

  65. how long do they stay in the hand – feeding state for? 3 fell down my chimney yesterday, i put them out but one died and the other has disappered, ive got one now and have succesfully fed him on 3 occasions with mushed up cat food, ive got eggs but no peas, ill see about getting some, ive got him in a cat cage at the moment, is this ok? thanks for all the advice allready, one thing i did though, it just wouldnt interact with me as i was trying to feed it so i got my phone and using the youtube app played it (crow noise 4th video down) and it instantly perked up looking around, accepted the food

  66. Hi I have a very young crow who has fallen from the nest 40ft up no way of getting him back his eyes are still closed he’s eating well we have him in the house and are feeding him every half hour please could you advise me on the best food for him at such a young age at the moment we are feeding him mashed dog food with a little water mixed in and scrambled egg.

  67. I love my crow brothers, hand feed several (took years to get trust) dozen or so will catch food thrown to them, sometimes in midair. Best foods for teaching tricks are hot dog slices- best and breadballs- cheap. These are high value food items for them. Crows are high value life to me. Respect them.

  68. I need your help !!!
    Last Saturday a baby crow fell off the nest he is a few weeks old trying to fly but flopped down into the garden and in between 3 cats so i got him in. he seams ok but got a problem of what to feed him ? i just want him to grow and learn to fly so he will go out again. I am giving him like cornflakes mixed with water so not to be dry, he let me feeds him with a small spoon and i also give him water. whenever he sees me he open his mouth so i can feed him . my question is
    1. is the food i am giving him good ? as he seams to shit too much and very often.
    2. how can i make him eat and drink on his own ?
    Thanks
    Carmen

    • Cat food pouches (little and often) one piece at a time and small pieces of hard boiled egg plus defrosted frozen peas will fit the bill perfectly. Needs feeding at least hourly sunrise to sunset. Cornflakes are not ideal and will not keep him going for long. He needs a high protein varied diet. They also love small morsels of cooked chicken (pea size).

    • Hi, He is hungry! Get some cooked chicken, break it up into small pieces, and get it in him, they love it, and its packed with protein. I use a plastic fork that I broke off the outer sides, and only the two middle prongs to hold the food. Works perfectly. Make some scrambled eggs also, they like that , and some cooked beans. I got a young crow yesterday that fell out of the nest also. He seemed very weak, but the chicken and eggs seems to be making a big difference today in him. They do crap a lot, especially when your feeding them or right after. Don’t use a dropper to water him. It can drown him. Just fill a cup with cool water and put it close to his beak, he’ll get a drink when he figures out what you got! And they like their food dipped in water also before you stick it in their mouths, (Gives them the extra moisture they need to get the food down) Hope your little guy gets strong enough to go back to the great outdoors! Good Luck!!!

    • BUy a syringe asap give him dog food thats been mashed up in water and put the syring down hisvthroar when he opens hisbmouth also feed him apples mashedbup or some veggies

  69. I have been feeding a crow for a couple of weeks now. I thought he only came at supper time, but today he was there at lunch. he is used to only pick up the food after I had walked back inside, but today he was quite content gathering his treats with me standing a couple of feet away. He also brought his mate today, who would not partake with me there, but was very curious about the whole thing. I’d started with bread, but added some nuts over the past few days, now he only takes the nuts. I’ll have to try the veggies, meat and fruit and see what he does. Would love to have him eating from my hand!

    • You are far too hateful judging from your Disque, bite her!

      • Internet Predator much LeeAnn? You’re a teacher Hmm? Teach bullying much?

      • Stop communication immediately or I will seek a restraining order, goodbye.

      • REALLY? You are the one that instigated your cyber bullying. Just because you got called out doesn’t make you a victim. I have only responded to you. You are the one that tracked down every post I made and decided to post your bully comments everywhere you could find.

      • Please behave yourself, and stop communication with me. Thank you.

      • I did not step over the imaginary so called line. You want to make an over competitive child that has no rules or boundaries that is fine. If you want a child that is not ready for 1st Grade (American) or primary 2 (British) That is fine. I stopped. But on the contrary I have not been cyber bullying. You have and it is called liable according to law, which I have already asked a lawyer. I have also reported you to Cambridge who does not think pre-school teachers play all day. I would recommend that you cease and desist all further communication at once or be held liable.

      • On a Cambridge University website, where people professional teachers like myself, Lecturers and parents had a discussion on an Early Learning article. There I gave my humble opinion about early learners competition and you then insulted preschool teachers, indicated that early learners learnt nothing but played all day and started getting very personal with me by saying you wouldn’t want me to teach your children, amongst other many hateful comments.. Lady, I don’t know you, I don’t want to know you, so for the last time, please behave yourself on the Internet, and leave me alone! I want nothing to do with you.

      • Yes because you attacked me personally – go read your thread again. YOU made it personal. I’ve read through your other posts to people and you make a habit of using derogatory language against people you don’t know. Word to the wise – it’s called cyber bullying and you continue to step over the line. If you hadn’t taken it upon youself to seek out other posts of mine and spread more vitrol, then I wouldn’t have given you the time of day because people like you are generally not worth it. But you stepped over the line and you know it. So take your own advice – behave yourself – and stop communicating and I will stop responding to you.

  70. I found a injured crow on the side of the road today. seems it got hit by a car…. one eye was very red and inflamed. the swelling went down but its very hurt. its got no tail feathers and is not sturdy on its feet. what do I do…. how can I help this bird?

    • It sounds like it is a fledgling which hopefully partly accounts for its unsteadiness on its feet. Cat food pouches (little and often) one piece at a time and small pieces
      of hard boiled egg plus defrosted frozen peas will fit the bill
      perfectly. Needs feeding at least hourly sunrise to sunset. . He needs a high
      protein varied diet. They also love small morsels of cooked chicken (pea
      size).

  71. Be carful Corbin’s are very intelligent birds. A group of crows managed to figure out how to lite a book of matches, & actually lit my neighbors car on fire, fortunately nobody was hurt. This happened often & several crows were seen with matches in their beek, that how the fire dept figured it out. We had another animal problem with sheep in the field, were able to bore holes into my neighbors house & get inside the walls, & actually live in the walls for years….!!!

    • that is the coolest story ive read in some time, did your neighbour piss them off or something? 🙂

  72. Really hope someone can help me this morning I found a crow with a badly broken wing I’ve set the bone back into place and am keeping it in my dogpen outside any advice would be very helpful I’ve called animal control they said they would take him but it will be put down I can’t allow that I need advice on what I can feed it etc thank you so much for having this page

    • Glad your there to help. Maybe keeping the crow in that isolated area for a few days may help. I agree that animal control is not the answer. In our area we have a Marine and Wildlife that would assist and not put the animal down. We just had a goose in our area that had a hook in it’s mouth and they assisted. Just some ideas. Good Luck!

      • I’ve gotten him to eat some beans and bread out of my hand and he will step up on my hand I’ve spent most of the day with him or her it still threatens to bite but never does I’m in Canada Ontario is there any rules about caring/owning a crow I don’t now if he will ever be able to fly again I fixed the bone I could and trying to find a way to secure it so his wing isn’t dragging any ideas he looks like he has quite the nasty wound under his wing he is under weight I don’t now how old the wound is or the break I’ve been looking still to see if there is anywhere I can take him as long as its a no kill place cause if it comes down to that I’ll be keeping him cause its cruel they deserve a life as well whether that means live with me until he dies of old age I’ve always been an animal lover and my heart told me I couldn’t just leave it there to starve to death I could really use any advice anyone can give me he must have been really hungry it only took maybe 5 minutes for him to take the food out of my hand I just sat there with my hand out to him

      • Jen, thank you for taking good care of him! Can you take him to a veterinarian?

    • Try a google search on how to care for an injured crow. You will find whoever knows about this, and you can ask them for help.

    • Cat food pouches (little and often) one piece at a time and small pieces
      of hard boiled egg plus defrosted frozen peas will fit the bill
      perfectly. Needs feeding at least hourly sunrise to sunset. He needs a high
      protein varied diet. They also love small morsels of cooked chicken (pea
      size).

  73. this crow seems quite good at flying getting about ….i have started feeding ..he/she comes to get the nuts..fruit… its mates sticks close by .. very exciting… for now i’ll let them be anymore advice or comment would be appreciated

  74. hello … i have a pair of crows starting a nest outside my bedroom window …but one of them has a broken leg..he/she fly’s fine but does have a handicap on ground and in trees…what should i do?

    • contact a local avian store. some humane society will take injured animals if they know somebody that can foster it. if anything else, try developing a relationship with her then get a temporary holding cage and take her into an avian vet, but that could cost a pretty penny.

  75. How would I get the crows to eat out of my hand?

    • It only took 2 days for a few crows to start eating UNSALTED peanuts from my hand. Try to have a set time and don’t make sudden movements. I talk to them and mimic their noises and head tilts. Such awesome birds. I also put down bird seed which attracts the pigeons. Maybe they felt comfortable seeing I was feeding everyone and had other birds around, maybe that put them at ease.

      • Way cool! I haven’t tried this, but the crows do know my voice now and come to feed when I call them.

      • that’s awesome. I will start trying this.

  76. I have always put leftovers in my yard for all the critters including crows.It seems to me No crow will touch any kind of cooked potato except perhaps french fries..
    Why this aversion to cooked potatoes?

  77. I have been feeding crows for years. When I buy a new loaf bread, I give them my old leftover bread. I keep a small swimming pool filled with water, they drink and dip their bread pieces in it. It is also their bird bath. Amazing, love to watch them! I have several outside cameras. I watch all kinds of birds, squirrels, deer or whatever comes my way.

    • Hi bird watcher You seem 2 know a lot about birds so if you don’t mind I have a question for you can crows & seagulls eat cheese & meat?
      Thank you & take care Coreen

  78. After several years of outdoor meditation, I’ve become well acquainted with wild crows.
    Their sound has become very comforting over the years.

  79. Crows have unreal memories,very true…met a crow at the cemetery that had a dead squirrel saw i than dropped the squirrel,jumped towards me and looked at me several times,wondered for days if this crow remembered me from my yard/front area as the guy who fed him and his friends/relatives

    • The poisoned crows often die elsewhere, then dogs, cats, and other carnivores eat them, dying also. Cynide also pollutes water sheds, as it gets into the groundwater from the decomposing bodies,

      • What are you replying to?

      • I see what you are replying to now (Guest Troll, below)

    • Well, we know crows can recognize people; and humans and animals remember faces, after all, for years. I have crows that stop on my balcony railing; they look at me, but they don’t come toward me. If it’s moving toward you and looking at you, it’s reacting to you and perhaps wanting a better look. Would be nice to think it knew you. But even if it wasn’t the same bird… other crows might remember your kindness, and know your face.

    • That is cool. They DO remember AND they tell their friends. Read about the University of Washington crow experiment. Very cool, indeed.

  80. I have a large Eucalyptus tree near to my house which at my estimate hold around 50 Crows (Australian raven) I feed them with rat poison. It stops the disgusting noise for around three months. YAH!

    • Excuse me???? YOU DO REALISE THAT THIS IS ILLEGAL?! Poisoning or trapping ANY wild bird without permission is illegel and you can be fined at least $200,000… Even pest species and although you are allowed to shoot them in almost any area if they are eating livestock or crops, poisoning is illegal and downright cruel. Your such a dick head for doing that, you realise only young birds flock?

      • Even dog fighting is ILLEGAL,Killing whales and alot of other things.The a-holes steal get away with them. We all that love animals large small should get toghter and stop this maddness.There more of us than there is of them, we have ways to stop the gardens in the city then why can’t we have them stop the pain we put on animals? people please stop this maddness!! Who gave us the right to kill anything we want for fun,science,sport or anything we think we are greater?

    • Classic Aussie knobhead. >.>

      • I agree with the knobhead part, but not all aussies are so . . . I rescued an Aussie Raven that had been hit by a car 6 months ago. Saw him in a car park with a broken wing, staggering around on a Sunday, but couldn’t catch him, too many cars, I was at the same shopping centre carpark (other end) on the following Thurs and came out to find him under my ute, picked him up took him to a vet. They said they would put him down, took him to a bird rescue they said the same. . . took him home, nursed him back to health. Kaze (as in Kamikaze (divine WIND), now enjoys a large converted shed, walks (flaps around but can’t fly) out side in our yard. sits on me, hand feeds, comes when called, plays and loves a head and chest scratch. Kaze’s smarter than your average knobhead!

      • What a fabulous story! It’s too bad our world say if you’re not perfect like me, you don’t need to live. He’s having a marvelous life, two wings or not!!

      • You are a hero for rescuing Kaze. Most corvids are smarter than humanoids on planet earth.

      • Good on ya, mate! How lucky you are to make a friend of a crow, have to say I am jealous as hell!

    • your are an arse !!!

    • You are SUCH a pin-head.

    • Hope you ingest some of this, accidentally of course and in quantity enough to cleanse the
      Antipodean gene pool.

    • Put some in your food, it will take care of the moron who is illegally poisening these intelligent creatures.

    • You need to seriously re think your life and what you are doing with it!

    • It’s been 5 months since your comment, so I’m curious as to whether the surviving crows have found you and made your life hell. They remember stuff like that, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they managed to associate you with the poison. You know that they remember individual faces, right?

    • You sick bastard. May you die the same slow painful death you’ve brought upon not only the crows but also whatever other animals that may have scavenged them.

    • Crows need to communicate. Dude, show some respect. It’s not just about you, you know? Taking away their communication is not only dangerous and threatening, you’re also killing them. If that does not make sense to you – that is – if you still don’t understand what I’m trying to say, then please. Go find someone to sew your mouth shut with a dose of cyanide inside.

    • Maybe they think you’re a disgusting noise, ever think of that?
      With luck, they may just mistake your eyeballs for grapes. Send the selfie on, won’t ya?

    • Wow. Karma will prevail! I agree with what Pat said! You are a waste to society!

    • A citizen of the world, to be sure.

    • You are sick. Hopefully someone does the same to you. Words are wasted on you as is the air you breathe.

    • You are disgusting not the birds

  81. i feed crows at work i live 5 miles away, do you guys think i possible they could follow me home?

    • yes, they have an unreal memory for faces and may follow your car, but only if you’ve been feeding them regularly and they feel you’re a source of food, watch out though, they will bring friends 🙂

  82. We have been feeding crows in the yard for years- they wait for their “breakfast” when they see me coming home from the dogs morning walk. They are grateful for most table scraps-prefer meat and fish to veggies and fruit. Favourite treat is peanut in the shell ( unless the Jays steal them first). Turn their beaks up at watermelon.

  83. i am doing my science fair project and i need a list of birds that can eat shredded wheat

  84. This advice is too general and appears to be taken mostly from dog and cat info. Crows need more protein than this and this article doesn’t even mention dog or cat food. Go get better advice than this.

    • thanks fer the heads up! i found this page looking up info on what snacks to pick up for the crows and squirrels running around my workplace campus, seems like a good start

  85. I have a crow I made my friend quickly, he comes every day now , I named him Merdoc (murder of crows)

    • how you do it? feed it treats? i hear they can learn tricks

  86. how much does a crow need to eat in a day?

    • every hour exept at night when its sleepy

      • Great article in AUDUBON MAGAZINE recently. Scientists have discovered that birds use only 1/2 of their brain while sleeping, keeping them ready to go if trouble comes in the night!

  87. Since wild crows are scavengers and omnivores, captive crows also need to have meat in their diet. We’re always on the look out for fresh road kill to feed our rescued crows.

    • that’s amazing! just be safe, that stuff can get you sick, use gloves

  88. Peppers contain capsaicin. Capsaicin is where the heat lies within the pepper. Mammals are very responsive to the heat, whereas avians aren’t affected by it at all! They can taste as well as we can, but only in a different way!

    • fascinating! i’ll use that in a short story 🙂

  89. I started to feed the crows in my yard this winter. They like most breads, loved plain shredded wheat, tend to like cut up apples pretty well, but so far, grapes seem to be their favorite! I have also brought out my cat’s leftover salmon scraps and dry cat food/kibble with success, but they have not seemed very fond of sliced cherry tomatoes or strawberries yet. We are still experimenting!

    • Apple seeds are a no no

    • yes indeed,their not fond of strawberries or tomatoes,small or big,mostly meats and grains,here in Canada we fed some wild crows/ravens rice they just about went into a frenzy….does anyone find flaxseed worthy of a try? P.S ravens here are huge compared to crows,about 4 to 5 times larger than that size of a crow…….

      • I was told that rice kills birds!???

      • That’s if it’s fed to them in large amounts uncooked. Uncooked rice expands in the stomach and can cause birds severe digestive distress that can lead to death.

  90. Expected to see sunflower seed meats on the list. I usually “spill” quite a bit while filling my feeders and the crows seem to love it!

  91. I found cheese was a huge success at my local ‘crow park’. Salami was also much appreciated!

    • lol! that’s great

  92. I completely agree!

  93. I’m glad to see that there’s no harm done with giving my local friends some peanuts! I can deal with the weight gain, as chubby crows are simply extra cute!

    • Not at all – in fact, they know how to dip them in water to soften the shells! (I agree about chubby crows)

    • I know that there’s a hawk somewhere who is extremely grateful that you like your crows “chubby” … as it makes them a much easier meal to hunt. Too much of anything (i.e. bread, nuts, leftovers) can be detrimental to a birds survival in the wild, as it can make it difficult for them to evade certain predators.

      • thanks fer the heads up! its coming up on winter and i want to help em out, not kill em off lol

      • healthy foods only,strictly,much less the better of the “human chemical food”….

    • I doubt wild crows could get fat!!

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