Turkey Vultures odd behavior?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DDRanch, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    Ever since I lost one of my wyandottes a couple of weeks ago to a red tailed hawk, I have been extra careful and extra wary when they are free-ranging in the am and pm. So, this is what I have noticed over the last couple of days.

    The turkey vultures (about 8-10 of them) seem to be flying lower than usual and circling the girls when they are out. Up until now, they have never presented a problem, and maybe it isn't a problem now....but

    would turkey vultures go after live chickens?

    Thanks for your experience.
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Vultures are normally thought of as scavengers, but there have been alot of reports of vulture attacks over the last few years.

    Be careful.
  3. mountain man

    mountain man Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2008
    you dont have to worry about turkey vultures black buzzards which are smaller will kill when there hungry never had one kill a chicken and we have more comr around each year.
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Id agree, dont worry to much about them. They like to scavange better.

    Moutain Man...welcome, were in CT are you from??
  5. mountain man

    mountain man Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2008
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2008
  6. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    turkey vultures cant grab a chicken . they arent a bird of pray . they are related to stoks an ibises . Thier feet are just like chicken and turkey's feet . the can prob smell you chickens poop witch smels bad and is what ttracks vultures . they are not a threat to your birds at all . I work ata wildlife sancuary/rescue and they have vultures . Hope this helps
  7. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    It helps very much. thank you.
  8. All my hens are roosters

    All my hens are roosters Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2008
    My kids aren't bothered by the turkey vulture at all, but show them a hawk, crow, magpie, piliated woodpecker or a plane and they are running for cover and making sure everyone in the neighborhood knows that there's something in the air.
  9. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Most people don't think of these as migrating birds, but they actually do some migrating. We had a news story on these a few nights ago here. Alot of folks are seeing them in their yards and around their homes. It was reported that they were just making stopovers. It was quite a coincedence, as today we passed a house that had a few sitting in a home's front yard, while several were flying over head. They weren't feeding, just hanging around resting.

    Don't know if this is whats going on in your case, but just putting it out there.
  10. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    Yestarday I looked out side and a turkey buzzard was going after my chickens. I didn't think they whould attack chickens but they did.

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