Do turkeys scratch?

Olive Hill

Crowing
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Apr 19, 2009
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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.
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Seriously though, turkeys scratch -- and because they're larger and more powerful their scratching is larger and more powerful, too.
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sourland

Broody Magician
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12 Years
May 3, 2009
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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.
 

Dogfish

Rube Goldberg incarnate
9 Years
Mar 17, 2010
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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..
 

ShadyHoller

Chirping
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Sep 12, 2010
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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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