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Lost a turkey hen...need advice!
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Tom A    Posted 04-02-2003 at 02:49:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Discovered one of my 2 "pet" breeder stock turkey hens was taken by something. At this point, I'm guessing a fox, but if somebody thinks otherwise please let me know. My concern now is the other hen and my free-range chickens so if you can tell me how best to protect them and how and when foxes hunt (can I lay in wait at dusk..?).

They both follow us everywhere until they got broody. They started setting on clutches of eggs about a week ago, one in our potting shed near the house, and the other about 100 yards away by the side of the driveway in the brush. The one 100 yards away is the one that was killed: We found two big piles of feathers, one right at her nest and the other about 5 yards away and then a few more in something like a trail back down into the heavier brush away from our property.

I feel bad that we lost her cuz she was a sweet thing. I don't want to lose the other. The chickens all come in at dusk and we close them up in their coop. The turkeys all did the same until they got broody...the gobbler still does come in at night.

So, what do I do? Can I bait the spot where she was and sit out there with my shotgun? Or just let the other sit because it won't come that close to the house? There's a motion detector light covering the area.

Thanks for advice.
Tom A

Clipper    Posted 04-02-2003 at 09:31:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Besides fox you may consider OWL or Coyote-lost a mess of my guina hens that way and it turned out to be OWL> the coyote's will grab an run but owls don't like to fly far before eating. Oh yeah-that owl has has been stuffed and mounted for his midnight snacks on my birds!!

Tom A    Posted 04-02-2003 at 09:47:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
interesting...we do have some great horned owls in the area, but I thought the turkey hen would be too big. She was probably at least 15 pounds, probably more. Oh well, something else to worry about!! :-)


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