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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:57 am 
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For the past month , something has been getting into one of our water tank garden beds during the night or early morning, and ripping up most of the seedlings we keep planting . Very annoying as we try to grow a lot of our own vegetables. We had been thinking maybe bandicoots , but couldnt see how they would get up and over the side , or maybe even rats - but there is too much damage.
Then this morning we saw the culprit....a big male scrub turkey...intent on raking up the lovely soft crumbly ready made compost of our garden bed into a mound for some discerning female turkey to lay her eggs in :roll: obviously found it more to his liking this year than either of the other mound sites on the property. We have covered the garden with mesh to deter it , hope he doesnt turn his attention to any of the other garden beds...cheeky bird.
Photos below show the mound , and the few surviving plants.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:11 am 
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If he's still hanging around for Christmas, well there could be the answer to TWO of your problems right there!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:19 am 
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Haha i guess this is the 'gardening & cooking' section :-D , somehow though i dont think a tough old bird would be an enjoyable Christmas dinner (apart from the fact they are native ie protected)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:29 am 
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Sneaky turkey! It would be nice and warm in the vege bed though for eggs.

I have a swamp rat digging tunnels all around my vege gardens, eating the plant roots and spuds.
He won't get into the cage trap to be relocated though and he is frustrating me.

It is 'swamp wars' between us now!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:58 am 
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You've got yourself a smart fellow there Angel. And that pile of dirt does look very comfy and inviting, can't blame him...

Lets see what his next move is with the added mesh..

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:24 pm 
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I'm tempted to suggest that you set one veggie bed aside for Mr and Mrs Turkey angelcake - what a great observation opportunity! I agree with GF, it does look like nice comfy dirt.

I have a few possums, but they have only investigated the dust bathing facilities so far - somewhere they have information sheets on tracks identification to help identify nocturnal visitors, so those have been handy.

I'll have to go find out what a "swamp rat" is RJ, I don't think I have anything that exotic in my neck of the woods.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:45 pm 
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I'd let him go for it too. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:49 pm 
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WE have up to 22 scrub turkeys wandering past our vege garden. Turns out a neighbour was feeding them.

I have plastic netting laid down everywhere to stop the blighters, but since we asked to neighbour to, 'please lay off the feed a bit' the problem is almost solved. They are greenies and once we asked, they said we were quite right & they were being highly irresponsible by feeding natives that much.... that was a relief.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:55 pm 
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They can be a real problem , destroying any gardening attempt , but so far we have been lucky and they have kept to the bushy area of the property which adjoins the rainforest ; we get visited every morning by 3 big males and several females , they try to get into the chook pens for food.
The males are amusing to watch , chasing each other through the trees and displaying . There are 2 mounds on the property and a 3rd just over the creek.
Heres a young male (im guessing ) from last season showing off.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:50 am 
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Cheeky fellow has moved on to the next door neighbors for the moment , they were away for a couple of weeks and came back to find their wooden planter boxes have been turkified :laughing
He had emptied 2 of their contents (rhubarb , strawberries and bok choy) , and piled it high up over the third , which was full of kale .....this young turkey really prefers to use ready made compost :-)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:59 am 
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Try to slow cook him angelcake ?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:38 am 
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Great photo Angel!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:50 am 
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I'll second that. Looks a lot better in the garden than a ceramic eagle or the like. You're lucky to have these guys running wild so close to home (except for the gardening problems), the foxes here would clear them out in no time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:18 pm 
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Curried perhaps? I have a blackbird intent on digging out. My seedlings. I can't mulch where I put seedlings, that makes it worse. Now there is a rabbit in the patch so if the plants survive to grow big enough to not be dug out by the bird the rabbit takes the tops off. Can't bait them (rabbit) because of the dogs & wild birds. And no, my dogs seem to think bunny hunting is a bit too strenuous.

Maybe, bunny, bush turkey & blackbird hotpot could be the go if we get together.

We have loads of parrots - rosellas, king and cockies here, no bush turkeys.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:23 am 
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Sounds good to me Bungle


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