Bird feeders are a popular way to get songbirds up close so that you can observe and photograph them. The downside to this is that larger, unwanted birds --- such as crows --- may eventually find your feeder and figure out that you are maintaining a constant food source. Getting rid of these intelligent creatures poses several challenges that must be overcome one step at a time. Remember that it may take several methods to keep crows away from your bird feeder.
Things You'll Need
- Old clothing
- Treated stake (2 inches by 2 inches by 6 feet)
- Tie wire
- Wire cutters
- Plastic owl or turkey decoy
- Wire mesh
- Shelled peanuts
- Work gloves
- Safety glasses
Use a scarecrow. Stuff a pair of pants and a shirt with straw. Drive a 2-inch-by-2-inch treated stake into the ground near the bird feeder with a sledgehammer. Secure the stuffed clothing to the stake with tie wire. Cut the wire with wire cutters as necessary.
Wire a plastic owl or turkey decoy into a tree near the bird feeder. Both of these species of bird are mortal enemies of the crow. Sometimes this keeps crows away, but sometimes it draws them in to attack the decoy.
Keep your yard clean. Pick up birdseed that has fallen out of your feeder. Keep excess food and shiny objects that may attract crows out of your yard.
Shorten the perch on the bird feeder. Use a hacksaw to cut the perch on your feeder to three-quarters of an inch. A smaller perch restricts the size of the bird that may land there and feed.
Surround the feeder with wire mesh. Attach the mesh to the upper and lower edges of the feeder with tie wire. Leave only a small two-inch hole in each side to give smaller birds access to the food.
Feed the bigger birds bigger food. Fill up the crows by throwing shelled peanuts on the ground in your yard away from the bird feeder. Be sure to use roasted, unsalted peanuts.
Tips & Warnings
- Depending on the time of year and the food situation in your area, some or all of these ideas may work. Or, none of them may work. If you do not have any success, let the birds empty your feeder, clean it thoroughly and leave it empty for a month. Begin by feeding again after no birds have visited your feeder for at least a week.
- Work gloves and safety glasses are required when using hand tools.
- Photo Credit FPG/Retrofile/Getty Images
How to Keep Raccoons From Bird Feeders
Although classified as a carnivore, raccoons eat pretty much anything they can find, including bird seed. Not only do raccoons empty the...
How to Eat Boiled Peanuts
Charming, roadside boiled peanut stands pepper the southern towns of Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and the Carolinas. Fragrant, delicious, fresh-boiled peanuts can...
How to Keep Squirrels Away From Bird Feeders
Avid bird watchers enjoy feeding and watching birds in their yards, but keeping squirrels out of the bird feeders can become a...
How to Keep Birds Away From Your House
Too many birds around the home and garden can be a nuisance, as well as a health and safety hazard, but control...
How to Get Rid of Black Birds Without Getting Rid of Other Birds
Birds are charming and colorful, and can make an interesting addition to your yard or garden. Many people seek to draw birds...
How to Keep Pigeons Away From Bird Feeders
Pigeons are a nuisance. They're dirty, create noise and scare away smaller birds. Depending on your current bird-feeding setup, it can be...
How to Prevent Crows From Eating at Suet Feeders
Suet will often attract a variety of different birds, including crows. Crows at the bird feeder are often bothersome, as they tend...
How to Attract Warblers to Bird Feeders
Warblers are attractive, colorful song birds. Attracting them to backyard bird feeders is a challenge, as they feed on insects during the...
How to Scare Away a Crow That Won't Leave
Crows are most likely unwanted guests in your yard. They're noisy, messy pests that will eat your crops of fruit and vegetables....