We have had wild turkeys in our yard since we moved here decades ago. We have noticed a steep decline in baby and adult turkeys the past few years. Myself and Others in the area have also noticed an increase in predators such as racoons, foxs, opposum ect. It seems that the predators are raiding nests to eat eggs and adults.
The neighborhood brain has suggested that we put dry powdered cayenne pepper in dust bowls and create our own dust bowls with added pepper. He says that all predatory animals are repelled by the smell of cayenne pepper. That turkeys do not have receptors that cause the pain that we experience when we come in contact with hot peppers. That turkeys can eat hot peppers with no ill effects. That the pepper will also repel bugs. That turkeys will bring the pepper odor back to the nest and that the odor will repel the predators and or mask the smell of turkeys that predators seek. That the end result will be a higher survival rate. Has anyone ever heard of this or used the method???
Any advice is greatly appreciated!