- You can enhance the looks of the bleeding crow effigies by using a pair of scissors to trim between the feathers. Trim at different lengths and bend the feathers in different directions. You may even trim to the wing joint and bend it over to make it look like a broken wing.
- Use two or three effigies in the same location but in various positions. The key to success is to outsmart the crows by making it look like these crows were trapped or shot while trying to eat the food.
- Do not hang the crow too high from the food source.
- For wildlife feeders you can position one on top of the feeder so it will be in full view. Consider placing others on the periphery where the food is dispensed. Please note that we have not seen any negative reaction from deer, as we have videoed deer coming to the effigies to check it out but go right back to eating.
- Periodically changing the positions of the effigy will also confuse the crows.
- Some crows are migratory, and these usually see the effigies and move on in their flight. Other crows are resident and may come back periodically to check the site over but over time they will quit returning because of the presence of continued danger.
- Do not be alarmed if they call their friends and gather around and fly over the corpse. This is helpful to educate all of them at one time. Every flock of crows as a leader and when the leader says, “Let’s get out of here,” then they will all fly away together.
- You can use an old fishing pole fastened to another object, like a tree or post, and tie the string to the end of the fishing pole and let the crow dangle just above the ground like it has been hung by a snare on the ground. In the wind, the fishing pole will also give the crow a little bounce like the crow is still dying.