Wild turkey nesting. what do I feed it? **PICTURE pg 2**

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Ellie, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I have a wild turkey in my front yard under a grape vine. I think it must be setting on eggs because it does not move off the spot when we get near.

    I have laying feed and chick feed. Can it have any of that? I did put some corn and water out for it for now.

    Last edited: Jul 5, 2008
  2. Scratch, some greens, a little bit of crumbles. I wouldn't disturb her too much, tho.

    I wish one would nest in my yard!

    Is she protected from dogs?
  3. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    We feed ours corn . I am sure they have a nest close by they come pretty regular to eat our deer corn.
  4. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Not really protected from dogs but we don't have any. I rarely see dogs here. We do have cats. She is striped and light colored.

    I will put out some laying feed and scratch for her and continue the corn.

    Thanks so much,

  5. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Wow, I just went out to put some feed out for it and my huge tom cat was laying not a foot away from it under the grapevine. He jumped out and nearly gave me a heart attack. [​IMG]

    The turkey never moved away !!! There must be eggs under her.

  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    How cool, Ellie! What a unique opportunity for you.
  7. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    I was under the impression you should not feed wild turkeys as they will stop finding their own food and count on you?
  8. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Yeah, Cyn, all the grandkids got to see it today.

    Cheryl, that is why I came here. I know she does not want to leave that nest, so thought I would at least put something nearby if she wanted it. If I shouldn't, I sure hope someone tells me, because I mean her no harm.

  9. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    You don't need to feed it anything. If it wasn't in your yard it wouldn't be any different. When it's time to eat she will find food wherever she was finding food before.

    Just do your best not to disturb her. We accidently jumped a hen early this spring. She abandoned her nest.
  10. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Where we live it's a big big fine from the fish and game people if you get caught with wild birds, feeding them or anything. Be careful

    Steve in NC

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