Updated at: 29-07-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Crows are a nuisance that should be kept away from your yard and bird feeders so that you can attract the friendly and songbirds you were hoping to attract.

To prevent crows from eating seed from bird feeders, cover the new set with squirrel-proof covers. You can use regular bird feeders, but make sure there are no perches or other places the crows can use as a foothold. Utilize little space to its fullest potential by hanging a small bird feeder high up on a wall.

If you merely want to feed your ordinary backyard birds, crows can disrupt the fun—and if you don’t do anything about it, the problem might even get worse.

Until the crow problem has been resolved or significantly decreased in severity, please remove your bird feeders and refrain from feeding any birds in your yard.

If you feed birds on a regular basis, crows will continue to visit your yard even if you remove all evidence of their food source.

You can start luring friendlier birds back to your bird feeders once a week has passed with no evidence of Crows.

Get back into utilizing squirrel proof bird feeders to ensure that the bird food is kept safe from Crows and other pest bigger birds.

A ground platform bird feeder can still be used to provide food for birds that forage on the ground, but only if it is enclosed in a squirrel-proof cage.

If crows are a problem at your house, you can put a cage over your bird bath if it is on the ground, or you can store it away until you figure out how to deter the birds from drinking out of it.

Crows will eat almost anything, making it difficult to deter them with food they don’t like. Because of this, it’s important to keep Crows away from bird feeders by other, more practical means, such as preventing them from reaching the food.

Shroud bird feeders in cage ball

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Squirrel proof bird feeders are a simple solution for keeping the common American crow away from your feeders.

This method is placing a standard peanut, suet, or seed bird feeder in the center of a plastic-coated wire cage.

All used bird seed will be contained within the feeder, up to 10 inches from the ground where crows can access it.

However, smaller birds can easily hop inside to dine without fear of being eaten by crows.

Crows will try it out if they can get a good vantage point from an adjacent perch, but this is still an issue that needs to be resolved should the birds’ dinner be ruined.

Don’t blame the American crows for trying to eat the nice stuff from a squirrel-proof bird feeder when it’s only a few inches away.

Stopping Strategies Putting crows in an open dish on a pole next to your bird feeders or leaving a platform feeder on a pole accessible to all sizes of pest birds would require some creative thinking.

In the end, it may be necessary to replace easy-to-reach, open-top platforms with compact, difficult-to-reach hanging bird feeders.

Cage over ground feeders

If you don’t want to attract crows into your yard, hang your bird feeders high and out of reach.

That’s only useful for keeping crows away from hanging bird feeders you have to work to get; ground platform feeders will be easy for crows to reach, so you’ll need to get creative to keep them out (and then you can squirrel proof them again).

This time, however, we have a solution: a squirrel proof cage, which can be placed atop any existing ground-level bird feeder.

This porcelain dish may be placed under the cage if only smaller, friendlier songbirds are to be fed from it.

To prevent the crows from learning to push over the cage, it should be attached to the ground in the same way a tent is.

Meanwhile, if you have a pigeon problem at your bird feeders, this is where you should concentrate your efforts; pigeons are ground feeders at heart and this is where they congregate in your yard.

Because of this, you should probably cease scattering bird seed on the ground, since this will just serve to attract crows.

If you have a problem with crows using your bird bath, you can use a ground squirrel proof cage to prevent them from accessing it.

Maximize small bird feeder use

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Making most of the smaller bird feeders available is a surefire way to deter the much larger Crows from your feeders.

If you want to provide wild birds with a steady supply of seeds, you can use a long, clear plastic tube that has feeding ports and, in many cases, a perch or two nearby. A smaller wire bird feeder that may be hung next to the seed feeder is advised if you wish to continue providing peanuts.

That way, you may keep the suet cage accessible to pesky crows while still hanging a suet cake bird feeder next to the seed and peanut supplies.

To prevent crows from using a neighboring branch or bracket as a perch, hang this suet cake or fat ball bird feeder at a good height.

Avoiding Harmful Large Birds taking advantage of bird feeders designed for smaller birds would be an example of a form of feeder theft.

Remember that these smaller feeders can also serve as squirrel proof feeders; however, if you stick to feeder designs that are inaccessible to crows, you won’t need to spend money on a squirrel proof bird feeder set.

If you want to make the most of your tiny bird feeders, make sure the crows don’t have anywhere to perch or get an advantage.

NO bird food kept on outside

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If you want to discourage crows from robbing your bird feeders, you should stop feeding the birds that feed on the ground by scattering their food around the yard.

You need to get more orderly now since the crows in your yard may have been drawn there because of the bird seed you scattered throughout the grass.

If you merely want to attract little, common backyard birds, then this is not the best strategy.

A bird feeder that is difficult for crows to reach will nevertheless be utilized normally by smaller birds like finches, warblers, chickadees, and even the occasional bluebird.

Bird feeders that hang from the ceiling are inaccessible to crows, but the same feeder with the seeds on the outside in a tray might continue to taunt them.

In order to prevent crows from becoming addicted to bird feeders, the food must be hidden inside the feeders.


To begin, you can use the same kinds of hanging bird feeders that you would hang from a tree branch or a bird feeder pole.

Not only are there no perches for larger, more disruptive birds like Crows to land on, but the feeders themselves must be set in a way that doesn’t give those cunning birds a leg up.

Although you may purchase squirrel proof bird feeders that keep Crows well out of reach while still allowing access to smaller birds, you cannot use the bird feeders you already have inside the cage.

Bird feeders will be suspended in the middle of a cage shroud that is meant to keep squirrels away but does an excellent job of keeping Crows away, too.

Similarly, if you’re using an open-topped ground bird feeder, you can keep doing so; just be sure to enclose it in a squirrel-proof ground cage.

It’s too hard to keep Crows away from bird food if it’s accessible to anyone, therefore please cease using open top platform bird feeders on the pole or hanging type.

A squirrel resistant cage can be easily placed over an open top ground bird feeder, and the birdseed can be easily accessed.

You should avoid placing bird food on the grass if you want to keep crows away, and you should cease feeding backyard birds for the time being if the problem persists.

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