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Would a turkey protect chickens?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by godisgood, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. godisgood

    godisgood In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2011
    Would an adult turkey be able to protect chickens from hawks, raccoons, and foxes?

  2. kfacres

    kfacres Songster

    Jul 14, 2011
    no they'd be lunch to.
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    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.
  4. wolfie115

    wolfie115 In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2011
    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.
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    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!
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    The only sure fire way to protect your birds is good fencing and a covered run. Anything else and you are playing the odds.
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Quote:That's pretty obvious.....I do think everyone knows that. [​IMG]

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