Do turkey Vultures eat Chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by roostersandhens, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. I never thought they would but now they have been hanging out near the coop so I am just wondering
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  2. savvytiff

    savvytiff Out Of The Brooder

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    No they are scavengers by nature. They do not have the claws or beak to be able to kill. There is either something dead nearby (within a mile or so) that theynare waiting to get "ripe" or they have decided that your place is a good resting spot. If they are there in the morning they are drying thier wings, in the evening, they are roosting, all day, and they like you a lot. Lol! They will not harm your chickens except that they could spread diease or thier poop will kill your trees if they stay long.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    No, they only eat dead animals. They do not hunt and kill live ones.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    They are always flying over the barnyard but never seem to show any interest in the hens - I think yours are safe.
     
  5. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    turkey vultures are not hunters they have a sense of smell to find rotting flesh, caracaras is another bird that follows turkey vultures is a nasty hunter also and will kill chickens. They follow turkey vulture to steal their food because turkey vultures always find it.
     

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