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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:46 pm 
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I probably should mention that Scrub turkeys , although somewhat destructive in the garden are a protected species in Queensland (where i live), so no i wont be considering eating them at all :-)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:26 am 
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The turkey is mound building again and in a suitable place this time :-D next to an old falling down cottage amongst the bush on the property.....this is a perfect possie for him , away from the veggie gardens but close enough to watch his behaviour over the coming months .
He has been hard at work scratching hard and decluttering the slope above the cottage...pity we cant use turkeys to reduce the build up of undergrowth and firehazards in the forests , as he is extremely efficient.
Sorry about the photo quality , the light level is really low from the dense forest around and i couldnt get near enough with out disturbing him


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:21 am 
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Looks like he has found a much better spot Angel.
When is scrub turkey breeding season? Have you seen a potential mate around?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:33 pm 
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Their breeding season seems to start mid spring and through to summer , no females seen as yet , but they will be up in the forest hanging out somewhere. Actually ive not seen any other males as yet either , just the one , and he is working on 2 mounds, on alternate days...fascinating to watch him.

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You're lucky Ange, our dominant male turkey the aptly named "Mr Nasty" has 4 mounds around the place and about a dozen girls ready to go.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:11 pm 
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Yeah , very lucky Squeaker :-D , although . its a bit weird not having the other males around . Every other year we have 3-5 males vying for the top mound sites (that get used year after year ) , but this year its just the one male (a young one) , using 2 sites with the others laying dormant...not sure why no others are around yet , maybe too early in the season for the more experienced toms.

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Much better place to nest Angel.

You sure do have some interesting creatures visiting where you are.

Looking forward to more pictures of them.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:25 pm 
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Will have to get some more piccies , the mound is now huge and extending at one side into the old cottage :-D its been really interesting watching him mound it up , stick his beak in several times a day and then pull the top apart if its too warm, fascinating behaviour.
Whats not so great is that now he has a female turkey interested he is attacking my hens if i let them out . Pecked one badly today , she is bleeding on her chest and head. Sampson the rooster is not living up to his name at all and hides in the rooster nightbox if the turkey is around.
No more free ranging unless im outside with them.

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andrewschooks wrote:
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.

I had a problem with that too. I live near a rainforest reserve in town and there are hundreds of turkeys that are around. A person was feeding them across the road and I kindly put a letter in their mailbox but they kept doing it so I rang the council and National Parks. Sadly on got hit by a car walking over to there. It is illegal and if they really cared about them they would not interfere and be happy watching them forage in their natural environment.


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Motion activated brush turkey scarer. So far it's working.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:05 pm 
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I like the look of that . Where did you purchase it from ?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:55 pm 
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Got it from a company called entomological supplies. Think they're in Murwillumbah. Doesn't use much water actually.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:54 pm 
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Thanks , Thats good to know , re water usage, be very handy to use over near the veggie gardens...the turkeys are very persistent in trying to turn the raised garden beds into nesting mounds.

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It might also do in my situation where the king parrots raid the vegie garden, particularly tomatoes, capsicums, pigeon peas, mulberries & lychees.
If it was looking up at bird height it might be on & off all day but that might not be a bad thing anyway.

Does it work in the dark? That's probably asking too much.
If it did it would be ideal against fruit bats getting the mangoes for example.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 5:31 pm 
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Yes it works in the dark.


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