An Amish woman in Indiana found out that crows are very smart birds, even though they seem so ordinary, often annoying. One October afternoon in 2006, this woman’s sons found a crow’s nest and brought home a baby crow. The boys clipped the crow’s wings so he couldn’t fly too far and planned to raise it as a pet, maybe even teach it a few words. They named the baby crow “Charlie.” It wasn’t long, though, before Charlie was running the household ragged, especially the poor dog. This is the Amish woman’s story of “Charlie the Crow,” written over nine months, in her scribe letters to The Budget–published with her permission:

Charlie, our crow, is still alive and on the loose again. He picked off four of my rose buds before we penned him up for a few days. Now that he’s loose again he hasn’t bothered them, so just maybe he learned his lesson. At least that’s what we are hoping.

Our pet crow “Charlie” is very curious. Anything bright or different gets his attention right away. I sat at the picnic table writing a letter the other night. Of course, he was right beside me and as soon as I laid my pen down he grabbed it and started hoping around. I ignored him and he finally dropped it. His latest tactic he’s using to aggravate the dog is coming up behind him and pulling his tail. So far he’s gotten the best of the dog every time.

Charlie notices anything that you set outside that isn’t normally there. We had some shingles blown off our barn from a windstorm so the boys repaired the roof patching in shingles where needed. Naturally they couldn’t match them exactly. When they came in to eat dinner, Charlie was on the barn roof checking out these slightly different colored shingles. Walking from one patch to the other, cocking his head sideways and giving the patches a good peck once in a while.

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