Self-Seasoned Turkey

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      Aaron is out this morning devising some rigid wire covers for my newly planted garden.  In the last few years the local wild turkey have been quite prolific.  About five years ago the first small flock appeared.  We were enchanted and delighted.  Those few turkey have now increased to dozens!!  We have a small flock/herd of toms that pass through daily, and we see the king Tom and his flock of hens every few days.  Interestingly enough, there is a poor, lonely pea hen who travels with that second group.  Not sure if she’s confused or lost or both, but she seems to feel safe with them.  Honestly, I do enjoy watching these native Americans as they meander about.  I find them quite charming.  Mostly.  

     However, it seems as though the flock or two that traverse our property daily have discovered our newly tilled and planted winter garden and have been scratching up my garlic bed.  I’m not sure that they’re actually eating the cloves (though that might make for some yummy self-seasoned turkey meat), but they are uncovering and disturbing things and generally making a mess of my garden, which I find not so charming.  I’d love to just let Dixie (our big lab) out to scare them off several days in a row, but there are fox tails out in that area and her webbed feet are fox tail magnets.  The last fox tail encounter resulted in a $200 surgery and we don’t want to do that again anytime soon.    

     Short of covering everything in my garden now and in the spring with rigid wire covers, does anyone have suggestions for discouraging the wild turkey??? 

 

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13 comments to Self-Seasoned Turkey

  • a shotgun??? ….….just kiddin’

    blessings,

    Niki

  • I am guessing that eating your Thanksgiving turkey out on the patio isn’t an option…they may think twice if they see you eating their cousin!  LOL 

    Ok, in all honesty, I have no suggestions:)

  • how frustrating…  I looked it up online and I don’t know how much you want to pay but someone mentioned buying some predator urine, I’m guessing that you could maybe pick something like that up in a feed store, it might be some granules to sprinkle?  

  • how frustrating…  I looked it up online and I don’t know how much you want to pay but someone mentioned buying some predator urine, I’m guessing that you could maybe pick something like that up in a feed store, it might be some granules to sprinkle?  

  • heheh I was thinking shoot ’em too….

    ~Cindy~

  • I’m sure my dad and brother would LOVE to come take care of those turkeys for you…but the airfare might be a little pricey right now!

    I know that wild turkey meat is quite different from the grocery store variety, and I don’t even know if it’s turkey season for hunters there or not;  but if so, are there families that need meat for the holiday?

    I know that’s not the solution you had in mind.  I’m sorry I don’t have anything else to offer.  I do hope you find something, though, so they will leave your winter garden alone!

    Alesha

  • what about propane scare cannons? They are used here to frighten geese out of swathed grain fields. You can set them to BOOM every so often.. I’m not sure about there but I believe here they can be rented or borrowed from the agriculture office… I see they are a bit pricey….. http://www.margosupplies.com/american1/scare/zon_mark_v.htm but you may find them cheaper

  • what about propane scare cannons? They are used here to frighten geese out of swathed grain fields. You can set them to BOOM every so often.. I’m not sure about there but I believe here they can be rented or borrowed from the agriculture office… I see they are a bit pricey….. http://www.margosupplies.com/american1/scare/zon_mark_v.htm but you may find them cheaper

  • Another whose first thought was you must have a gun 😉 No ideas, but I would love to see wildlife in my yard. We have a couple cats that wander but not much else 🙁

  • Them’s good eatin’, if you roast then slow cook one for a day or two (wild turkey’s are tough meat). Throw in some garlic for good measure.

    Short of a shotg*n, I’m ignorant as to what to do. But I’d sure be irked if a wild turkey messed up *my* garlic bed. I’m serious about garlic!

  • God’s blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving!

  • Cheryl, thanks for adding me to your friend list.   I’ve been a reader of yours for a while.  

  • Hey Cheryl,

    Hope you all are ok, I know there are wildfires out there and you are in my prayers. I hope you post soon to let us know you guys are doing fine 🙂

    Many Blessings 🙂

    Ace