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Do turkeys scratch?

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Do turkeys scratch in the dirt like chickens do?

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Blessed with a great husband, 5 great kids, Lily the Black and Tan Coonhound, Bartleby the black Pug, Sulley the baby Great Pyreness, plus chickens, guineas, and Coturnix quail.

 

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No, turkeys do not scratch in the dirt like chickens do.

Turkeys scratch in the dirt like chickens on mega-steroids do.  lol

Seriously though, turkeys scratch -- and because they're larger and more powerful their scratching is larger and more powerful, too. wink

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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Blessed with a great husband, 5 great kids, Lily the Black and Tan Coonhound, Bartleby the black Pug, Sulley the baby Great Pyreness, plus chickens, guineas, and Coturnix quail.

 

Silver Appleyard eggs in the incubator now.

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post #4 of 12

Turkeys scratch in the leaves like small velociraptors.  You should see a woods after a flock of wild turkeys has gone through looking for acorns.  If there is such a thing as a disheveled woods, that's what they accomplish.

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Originally Posted by Olive Hill 

No, turkeys do not scratch in the dirt like chickens do.

Turkeys scratch in the dirt like chickens on mega-steroids do.  lol

Seriously though, turkeys scratch -- and because they're larger and more powerful their scratching is larger and more powerful, too. wink


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And don't forget the dust-bathing! My backyard is full of round and turkey-sized craters.

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And don't forget the dust-bathing! My backyard is full of round and turkey-sized craters.


Ours do that to some of their dust bath holes you can get lost in.

Steve

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They can dig like armadillos.

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post #9 of 12

I pulled my 25x40 veggie garden last weekend.  Added some shavings laced with poo.  Left the door wide open and tossed in some cracked corn.  No shavings to be seen.  They worked it over pretty well for 7 turkeys..

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Originally Posted by Dogfish 

I pulled my 25x40 veggie garden last weekend.  Added some shavings laced with poo.  Left the door wide open and tossed in some cracked corn.  No shavings to be seen.  They worked it over pretty well for 7 turkeys..


We plan on doing just that: locking the dogs up for a while and putting the turkeys out on the garden with some cracked corn... let's call it turkey-tilling.  If they can incorporate the straw and lawn clippings into the garden even half as effectively as they incorporate their bedding straw into the soil of their pen, we'll have some pretty nice soil amendments!

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