Are turkeys prey to hawks?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ticks, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

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    I am very negative about this whole turkey thing. I only have one, so I am not sure what I am going to do with it. It will probably have a run for a little bit but then freerange and roost in the trees (which worries me deeply) So I would like to know if they are a danger to hawks like chickens are. Are hawks another thing I need to worry about?
     
  2. Lu King

    Lu King Songster

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    I have a few turkeys myself, and am interested in what the responses will be. My turkeys are in cages right now, but I plan to let them range shortly. We do have hawks around. [​IMG]
     
  3. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Songster

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    Young poults yes...adults no.
     
  4. We keep ours in covered pens until they are old enough to go out with the flocks, about 5 months old. By then they are plenty big enough to fend for themselves.


    Steve
     
  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

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    My adult Tom is my hawk deterrent.
     
  6. Buster52

    Buster52 Songster

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    I let my 5 young adult turkeys free range every day from dawn to dusk. We have hawks everywhere. Haven't lost a single one.

    Out of curiosity, why are you negative about turkeys? I find them much easier to raise than my chickens.
     
  7. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

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    I lost all my turkeys to dogs, never to hawks, chickens yes, turkeys no. I will not get more turkeys, even though they were great to have around, because they could have avoided the dogs , flown away , up into the trees on top of my trailer, etc, but instead they allowed themselves to be massacred, dumb birds, miss em though.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2009

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