We have a family of crows that have been hanging around our house lately. It used to be just my “three amigos” and then on some days there will be four or even more. Then about a week ago we had received a new vistor… “Lil’ One” as I call her or him. It is almost like the other crows decided to just dump her/him off in our backyard for Grandma and Grandpa to take care of.
Lil’ One is still getting used to just walking and bopping around. She has not decided to or can not use her wings as of yet. (In my mind it is a girl for she gets along wonderfully with the chickens!)
The day we noticed little one she was stumbling all over the place, acting like a baby that has just found out it could use those things under her belly to motivate herself. It was getting dark and Lil’ One was all alone wandering around on the slope off the deck of our yard. She is so small compared to the others. We made her a bed out of the cats old poo box with some straw and put her up higher for the night. That was Lil’ Ones first encounter or adventure with us humans. She did not put up a fight to be carried and taken care of. I went online (great to have access to info isn’t it?) to find out more about baby crows. The info said that sometimes the babies leave the nest before they can fly and just hang out in an area until they learn how to use their wings and the other crows will come and tend to the baby. So, next morning, when she was not where we put her, we figured she just was being tended to and finally learned to fly somewhat.
Later that day we saw Lil’ One wandering around in the same area once again. We decided to not try to help it too much and just let nature to the work. Especially after finding out we could be helping it for thirty years! Because they will grow attached and want you to be their family for the rest of their life. I love her, but, no thanks. Besides, she needs to be free.
A couple of days later, while we were enjoying our yard this past weekend, we were watching her wander around, hopping here and there almost like she was playing a game of pounce on the black snake (garden hose that is), that’s when we noticed she was trying to remove some kind of thread all tangled on her foot. Lil’ One jumped up on the edge of the planter box, bent her head down to pick at that string, then just fell completely over onto her back and laid there. Oh, what a pitiful sight. She did not know what to do and laid there until I did what I didn’t want to do and picked her up.
While she was cradled in my left arm, my husband and I removed the string that was wrapped around her foot. There would have been no way that crow could have removed it on her own for it was so tightly tangled this way and that way and it took us a long time to undo it, even with scissors. We put her down again to leave her to her parents and siblings (siblings help feed the baby crows too, for up to two years they feed them!).
Lil’ One likes to come up on the deck and check things out for food and such (she knows I feed my girls there sometimes.) Yesterday she was on the deck and had slipped her foot down between the boards nearest the outside of the deck. Then she flopped over the deck causing her to hang upside down by that foot that was caught. (This is when we decided maybe little one is just a little stupid?) I pulled her back up onto the deck so she would not hurt her leg from the struggle of hanging there. Then she bit me on the finger and would not let go. It was like she thought I caused her leg to be clamped into that vice. I freed myself and then decided the best way to get her loose would be to go under the deck and gentle guide her foot up. Well, when I touched her claw it was like a reaction without thinking on Lil’ One’s part and she pulled her foot up and out of her bondage.
These are some of the adventures that Lil’ One has had. The ones that we know of. Wonder what else she gets herself into all day long? Wonder if her parents or siblings have had a time of constant caring for her that they decided to hand the duty over to us for a bit?
Hope her next big adventure will be to fly!