Do magpies harm people or property?
Gardeners and farmers endure most of the trouble caused by magpies. Low food supplies push the pests into more accommodating areas, where the omnivorous birds eat a range of food including grubs, seeds, and various crops. Farmers regularly report magpies as the culprits behind the loss of small chickens and eggs, as well as damage to crops like almonds and cherries. Magpies also terrorize livestock populations by picking at open wounds and scabs on the animals, which can lead to life-threatening infections. Additionally, magpies are known to peck out the eyes of newborn and sick livestock.