Feral Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by turkeyman, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. turkeyman

    turkeyman Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 23, 2007
    Can Heritage turkeys go feral?
  2. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2007
    southwestern Michigan
    I would assume they could if they were to join up with a wild flock, but if they are like most poultry they would stick close to home and their coop.
  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I agree, there's a possibility, but more often than not, they're like dogs...they'll stay where there is an easy meal. I know that the game wardens here will destroy wild turkeys that hang out where people feed them. I'm not sure why, but I think it may be because they could lose their fear of humans and come to depend on them for food, kind of like bears, etc.
  4. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    Those turkey's are killed becouse:
    They can spread diseases to tame turkeys
    They can interbreed with the tame turkeys, which is not wanted. It weakends the wild turkeys bloodlines.

    Most domesticated turkeys wont make it out in the wild very long. They are too big and too slow.Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly. They spend their nights in low branches of trees which means easy pickings for the wildlife.
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