Ravens/Crows as pets

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  1. bkn351

    bkn351 Not so new Member

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    Thought i was the only person who has thought these would make great pets,if anyone finds out where to get them please dont hesitate to post it up.
     
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    I knew a guy from around here that had a crow, he found it chucked out of its nest as a baby, and he just looked after it from then. It grew up and went everywhere with him.
    we go doofing alot and he taught it to fly away at the start of the weekend (in the bush) and come back when he whistled at the end of the weekend. and he trained it not to poop on people and stuff like that.
    was pretty awesome.
    and apparently it was pretty clean around the house and stuff too.
    i have no idea about weather it was legal or whatever - but no-one ever pulled him up on it, coz he loved the bird and the bird loved him, and he saved its life :)
    but good luck! i hear they are great pets.
     
  3. TahneeMaree

    TahneeMaree Very Well-Known Member

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    OK so, as an update to how my search is going...
    I got an email back from Eco Access...

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    Good morning,

    Further to your email enquiry, please note that the Australian magpie is listed as a restricted bird. If you have less than 2 restricted birds, you can keep them under a standard Recreational Wildlife Licence. However, if you have more than 2 restricted birds, you must apply for a fully restricted licence.

    The Raven or Crow is not a bird that is permitted to be kept as a pet in Queensland, regardless of whether it’s a native or non-native species.

    Regards
    Kathryn Burdett
    Customer Service Consultant

    Ecoaccess Customer Service Unit

    Department of Environment and Resource Management

    PO Box 15155 CITY EAST Qld 4002

    Phone 1300 368 326

    Fax 07 3115 9600

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    Seems I'm getting a Magpie then... does anyone know where I would be able to aquire one on license?
     
  4. Red-Ink

    Red-Ink Very Well-Known Member

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    Check the species list on the license you have already for your reptiles. Here in Vic i believe maggies are on the basic license, might be the same for you guys up there and you won't need to apply for a new license.
     
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    TahneeMaree Very Well-Known Member

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    I believe that's what was answered in the email from Eco Access?
    I can keep upto two on the Recreational Wildlife License that I already have.
     
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    Sorry Thanee, I must have misread that I thought you were asking about the license on the last part, my eyes don't see the colour green very well. Try looking for bird clubs around your area it might be a start to point to the right direction.
     
  7. TahneeMaree

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    It's cool...

    Has anyone had any experience with keeping Magpies past 2 years old? I've been told that they turn feral after they reach the age of 2... Looking for more info
     
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    I once rode past a woman on a bike path in Melbourne who was riding with a magpie sitting on her shoulder. She did a bit like a bag lady and wasn't wearing a helmet... but she sure had the magpie well trained.
     
  9. TahneeMaree

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    From the bird forum I just joined...

    "First of all welcome to the forum.
    Magpies make great pets, until they turn around 2 years of age, they go very feral then, and having a bird with a long pointy beak, and not being scared if you, is a recipe for you loosing your vision!
    I have kept magpies, dealt with magpies, and know of many people with them, but they are best kept in a large aviary, with a group. Of all the people I know with them, only one breeds them, for the reason that the Channel Billed Cuckoos in the aviary kick teh eggs out and they their in their for the maggies to raise.
    You will not find a captive bred magpie, and the chance of being able to keep a rescued one in QLD is very very low, they may be on the lists, but it doesnt mean people are keeping them.
    ALso Magpies need a specialised diet with the right Ca:p ratio which can be hard to find. I do beleive you need to rethink what bird you want, a magpie is not a good First Bird."
     
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    Ive raised a magpie, theyre great pets. ours used to fly up and grab the bottoms of the towels on the clothesline and hang upside down. And if someone left a window open in a car, she'd hide in the back seat then wait til they were halfway down the road, and jump on the driver's shoulder. scared the hell out of a few people lol. She used to sing and make noise all the time.But she got really territorial, and started attacking people's toes though. She went from sleeping in an old birdcage, which we left open, to sleeping on the clothesline, to the trees nearby, then one day she just wasn't there anymore. I like to think she found some friends lol
     
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    Correct me if im wrong but all Crows in Australia are only found in WA, and all the look-a-likes on the eastcoast are Ravens?
     
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    I have no idea... looks like I won't be getting anything though... there is NO info out there on keeping the good-ole Australian Magpie... there are care sheets, but no one breeds them apparently soo everyone who has kept one must have poached them (the vibe I've gotten from people on the bird forums)
     
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    Sounds like they are the wombats of the bird world in that they turn feral once turning a certain age. ?

    My dad used to poach and rear birds as a boy in the UK. He had a Rook and a Jay (hence where my name came from). He taught them to talk, and were really tame. After a couple of years though they just joined the wild birds and flew off.
     
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    if your after a quiet parrot a princess parrot are pretty quiet, and when they do make any noise it isn't a sqwark.
    We also have a few wild musk lorrikeets around our place and they are much quieter than their nosiy cousins the rainbows.
     
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    I'm not allowed a parrot... I'd be happy with a cockatiel and even though our aivary ones have babies all the time I'm not allowed to have a tame parrot in the house because of the noise...
     
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    talk to ur locale vet and offer to raise any injured or orfend baby crows, ravens, or magpies
    i have a beautifull magpie that will come in and sit on my lap or seat beside me untill i get up and find her some food in the pantree. no idea how the hell she got so tame.
     
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    ive been interested in crows for awhile, there is tons around my school. Very noisey. always have a good look at some of them when i walk past, didnt think many only ppl were interested in them as much as me
     
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    technically ravens are crows - ravens in aussie and crows in usa - same bird.
    go the magpie(crap team) but very smart birds
     
  19. marcmarc

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    I once had a crow/raven whatever, it was really noisy and I didn't really think it was suitable as a pet bird. Magpies seem to be the way to go, I'd love one. You can't buy them but if you ever became a wildlife rescuer (should be an organisation in you state) you would most likely end up with one as the babies are always falling out of nests etc, and you'd be helping the birdies!!
     
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    When I was raising Tookie, the noise was constant and almost sent me crazy.
    Its a horrible sound and its no wonder mother raven always looks distracted.
    I do like the predator noise they make as cris mentioned though.
    To bad young ravens dont do it.
    Id do it all again though because ravens rule.
     

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