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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by godisgood, Dec 4, 2011.
Would an adult turkey be able to protect chickens from hawks, raccoons, and foxes?
no they'd be lunch to.
An adult turkey can help with hawks, as they help alert to danger..... But not with coons or foxes. Here on the farm I have a lot of turkey and geese along with LGD's. The turkeys help alert to the chickens and others that their is a predator, the geese amplfy the alarm and sometimes the geese and all the turkeys will gang up on a cat etc until the dogs come to elimanate the problem.
I think they would help to alert the other birds that there is a problem. But I have heard of them running off foxes. We had a friend who owns a lot of turkeys. Once a fox came in the yard and tried to get some of their birds but one of her turkeys took off after the fox and killed it. But she ended up suffering a lot of injuries and died anyways.
My turkey does seem to lord over the flock. Mr. Tom is very protective, and gobbles ALOT when strangers come around--animals or people included. And the female, Mrs. Turkey, is very vocal.....She doesn't gobble, but she has sounds and she can actually call the whole flock together.....It's amazing!
The only sure fire way to protect your birds is good fencing and a covered run. Anything else and you are playing the odds.
Quote:That's pretty obvious.....I do think everyone knows that.