They may be very intelligent birds...but they are an extreme nuisance on the farm! They eat almost anything, but two thirds of their diet comes from vegetables and plants...primarily corn.
Hmmm...do you see the problem?
After the corn harvest, it's common to see huge flocks of crows converging on the cornfields, pecking away at corn that's been left in the field. When manure has been spread, guess who comes to scavenge? And what is the attraction of an ag bag like this? How do the crows know that they're filled with corn silage? They really must be intelligent.
So...we are left with the dilemma of trying to figure out how to keep the crows away from the bag. If they poke holes in the bag...and they will...the silage will spoil. The bag must remain air tight until it's transferred to the silo. And if they get a taste of that corn silage, they will be back for more!
To try to keep the crows away, Jim put up several owls on posts around the ag bag. The owls are hollow inside, and sit on top of metal or wooden posts. When the wind blows, they move a bit, which makes them look more life like...
We also put a couple of old hoses on top of the bag, and fastened them down with ag bag tape. Don't they look a little bit like snakes?
So far this year, we've been lucky. Although we've spotted them nearby, they haven't yet done any damage. I checked out the bag when I took these pictures this morning, and it still looks untouched.
The bag will probably be transferred to the silo soon, and this particular battle will be over. You can bet though...the crows will be hanging around when the transfer happens, looking for any silage that's spilled.
Anything for a free meal!