Crows as pets

Nature, Raven, Crow, Bird, The Witch

In Van Gogh’s”Wheatfield Under Threatening Skies with Crows,” crows are shown in the middle plane of the painting, like an unfortunate force, between the menacing skies and the grain. True, the crows have an eye on the grain, but they are also unpredictable and lively. Although they act as if they don’t even recognize the presence of a person nearby, these critters are always well aware of their surroundings.

I had never thought of crows as pets before I entered the office of someone my husband knew and found a big black crow sitting on her head. This woman was an animal lover and a licensed pet care-giver; she had found this crow hurt and had cured him back to health.

She told me, even though she let him free in her backyard, the crow came back to her. She never kept the crow locked in a cage; though there was a cage with the door removed within her house. She always left a window open and the crow was free to come and go as he pleased. This lasted through the summer.

It might have been sad for this woman to see her pet depart, since that crow was so bright and loving, but since the woman was so knowledgeable on the topic, she understood.

Never think of a crow as a pet; you shouldn’t even attempt to get, catch, or purchase one. To begin with, under the Migratory Bird Act, it is illegal to hold a crow and a permit is quite hard or impossible to acquire. Should you, however, find a young nestling crow thrown from its nest and if you reside in the middle of a wilderness, you may attempt to nurse the bird to maturity, with the understanding he will one day leave you.

If you discover a hurt wild bird and don’t know how to attend to it, take him to a vet or someone licensed in bird care. Around where you live, if you don’t know anyone qualified for the job, call your state’s wildlife authority or locate an Audubon centre near you. You can do so on the website http://www.audubon.org/, by entering your zip code.

Helping an orphan crow is easy because crows will eat practically anything. A great basic diet for such a bird ought to contain bird vitamins and calcium, oatmeal, hardboiled egg-yolk and some ground beef to compensate for the insects most birds are so fond of eating.

If the bird is extremely young, he’ll need to be handfed. Don’t be afraid to put your finger gently inside its beak, because baby crows eat from their mothers’ beaks. From the time the crow is six weeks old, he’ll feed himself. Give the bird enough space to fly, like a room.

Crows belong to the family of corvids and they fly in large flocks around the towns, suburbs, and the countryside. Magpies, jays, cloughs, nutcrackers and a few other birds are associated with crows. The majority of the crows are black but there are blue, purple, brown, gray, and albino crows in existence.

Crows, as very intelligent animals, are known to mimic human conversation and engage in games among themselves. Better yet, they’ve proven themselves to be too smart to be afraid of scarecrows.

With their unpredictability, crows have encouraged human imagination and have placed themselves inside several myths. Nevertheless, like humans, they possess their own kind of lifestyle or culture that deserves to be respected.

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