Will chickens go off with wild turkeys?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by georgialee, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I just started free ranging my flock about 5 days ago and I have had 2 disappear already. No signs of struggle or predators. My husband was over there this morning while one of them disappeared and he said that there was a large flock of turkeys going through and he thinks our chicken may have gone off with them since she wasn't close to the rest of the flock at the time. Of course it's my dark egg layers ... only have one of them left now [​IMG]

    They won't be freeranging any more. [​IMG]
  2. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    I guess it's possible...
  3. I would lean more toward a predator. There are several that can take a hen and leave very little evidence. Doubt seriously if your hens would desert their home, for a flock of turkeys.........Pop
  4. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Hmmm, that's certainly bizarre, but I wouldn't think they'd run off with the turkeys. We have several flocks of wild turkeys that will hang out with my chickens during the day and they've never even given the appearance of following them off.

    I'd be looking for a predator or a couple hidden nests.
  5. ChIck3n

    ChIck3n Chirping

    Apr 12, 2010
    Texas A&M
    I doubt they would leave their own flock and home to live with wild turkeys, unless they are young and you just put them in a new coop. It may be possible, but I have never heard of it happening. More likely it could be a hawk, as they usually instantly kill the chicken and fly off with it.
  6. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I don't know what it could be other than a hawk... but aren't marans a bit big for a hawk to take? These were pretty big chickens. They're inside an electric fence with 4 horses. We have predators around but haven't ever seen any evidence of even racoons inside the fenced area.
  7. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Fox or coyote. They'll take a bird and leave no trace. And they'll be back for more.
  8. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Well, they'll be staying inside their run from now on. They were so happy ranging too. [​IMG]
  9. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Unless your not feeding them, i cant see why they would leave their good life behind.

    I had a turkey hen walk on by and girls got excited and made some noise but the turkey could care less. here is a pic of it

  10. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    We have a flock of wild turkeys who are regular visitors to the back yard. The first time there was alot of clucking from the chickens, now they just ignore them and go about their own business scratching and and looking for bugs. We have no feed accessible to the turks. They have a routien that they follow and also give no more than a passing glance at the chickens.

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