Posted Jan 10, 2018
Here's a fun fact: Crows probably shouldn't be pets. I was fortunate enough to raise abandon youngsters and release them into a foster flock when they were big enough.
They are so intelligent. I mean, I taught the babies sign language in two feedings. Simple hand gestures that prepared them for food. They do enjoy human company, and you can see that they love being able to communicate clearly with their provider, but nothing beats releasing them into the wild foster flock where they were able to become a part of crow culture again.
I don't recommend crows as pets for a few reasons. First, they're so smart you'll have to really think about everything you do around them. Their intelligence is unforgiving, they will see where you put the peanut butter. They will wait until you aren't around, and they will break into the peanut butter and ruin your couch. And laptop. They need constant enrichment and a giant area in which to remain mentally and physically fit.
Overall, if you're into crows, respect them as a sentient species that doesn't need to be controlled by humans. For the most part, they're fine out in the wild. They're watching you. They're waiting to steal your peanut butter.