Turkey Vultures

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by laurenluckyriri, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. laurenluckyriri

    laurenluckyriri Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to having ducks and I don't know if it's turkey vultures or hawks circling my pen! They're all black and HUGE. We have a dead porcupine on the opposite side of the yard and I saw one eating it but if they know where a carcass is why are they flying over the pen? My muscovys are almost full grown but I do have a small one too.. Should I worry about turkey vultures? I came home yesterday and it was circling too until it saw me, same with this morning...
     
  2. Carpenter

    Carpenter Out Of The Brooder

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    It sounds like turkey vultures to me. They shouldn't pose a threat to full grown birds. Their main diet consists of carrion.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ehhhh....turkey vultures can go after live prey if hungry enough and it's there and easy to get at.
     
  4. Lilki

    Lilki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like turkey vultures. They do circle all over riding the thermals. Personally I've never had a problem with them, though their shadows will make the birds dive for cover.
     
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  5. Chickaddict44

    Chickaddict44 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have many turkey vultures in the area. I'm sure they're attracted by our rat kills. They circle our farm a lot and have never had an issue. We have bantams and mums with chicks free ranging without issue.
     

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