Feel like I'm being watched

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by TnTom, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. TnTom

    TnTom Out Of The Brooder

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    So what's for dinner? Chicken or the spaghetti?
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  2. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were they close to your chickens? Did you shoo them away, I don't like vultures... [​IMG] Unless they are roadkill themselves. [​IMG]
    We have some that hang around our area of the county, I see them at the cow pasture out back all the time...
     
  3. TnTom

    TnTom Out Of The Brooder

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    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:lol:
     
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  4. phaethona

    phaethona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  5. TnTom

    TnTom Out Of The Brooder

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    I discovered a dead doe across the road which accounts for the presence the last few days. Bow season is open I think and she was probably one that didn't make it to the stew pot.
     
  6. Empathy

    Empathy Out Of The Brooder

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    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 [​IMG]

    ~Empathy
     
  7. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  8. gordonburrito

    gordonburrito Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turkey vultures will not attack/eat your chickens unless they are already dead. I kind of like them because they keep my birds on their toes looking for real threats from above.
     
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  9. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    Yep... true... Vultures are carcass eaters....nothing alive, only dead things... They are watching over your chickens... Kinda a nice big harmless bird to stand guard.
     
  10. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: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.
     

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