I was curious if they would attacked my chickens. I had the shotgun out in the yard with me if the even came close to making a move I'd wack them. They roosted for a while then flew off. I don't believe they would try to kill them unless the chickens were injured or in some sad state of health. I asked a neighbor and he said the same thing. The ole buzzard does serve a valuable service its a shame that its overlooked so easily. You know what they remind me of when I see a tree full? The IRS organization chart
we have a lot turkey vultures around here(though I've never seen them roosting on my property like that)
and I don't worry too much about them because it's my understanding that they're carion feeders, they don't attack or kill live prey
We have a great flock of these nearby. I'll never forget finding their feathers - HUGE. We see them all over the countryside and I personally love them.
They may spook your chickens a little with their gangly walk and looking about, but they will not harm them at all. I'm personally grateful for turkey vultures - they are the thankless janitors of the roads and lands and were for some reason dealt a face that only a mother could love
I know they don't actually kill prey but they scare me more than anything. I wouldn't shoot 1, but I would find a way to shoo them away. Better safe than sorry, especially when they're gawking at my chicks or small dogs.
Hope your right I have 6 of them in a tree right above my coop. Eyeing my chickens.Their safe though.I must live in the capital for vultures. I've counted 50 or more while deer hunting on our property.