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I recently (February 2021) began feeding a flock of 35 ravens in my backyard. In the spring and summer months I have 3 to 4 families of mallards and woodies raising their families in my pond and swamp. Am I setting myself up for a problem by continuing to attract ravens to my yard? Will they terrorize my ducks and steal their eggs? I guess I prefer seeing the ducks but enjoy the ravens also. Looking for advice.

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  • By woodies, do you mean wood ducks? – csk Feb 21 at 21:57
  • Ravens are also incredibly intelligent, if there is plenty of food that you are providing they may not make issues with the other ducks assuming there is plenty of food for both. – Nate W yesterday
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If you have common ravens (Corvus corax) then you may have a problem there

Ravens are regular predators at bird nests, brazenly picking off eggs, nestlings and sometimes adult birds when they spot an opportunity. - wikipedia

Ravens are omnivores in the true sense, they will eat just about anything that's too small to fight back and too slow to get away.

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  • Corvids in general are opportunistic omnivores, with a tendency to scavenge and to grab any available live prey so even if it's a related species they might still be a problem. Ravens are particularly big and strong though, so likely to be more brazen at raiding nests – Chris H 2 days ago

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