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Does anyone else have problems with bush turkeys digging up trees? This is really pissing me off....they kick the mulch off and erode the mounds I build for seemingly no purpose whatsoever. Does anyone know how to deter them? I am very close to doing something very very awful to one resident gobbler.
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7th November 2013 5:22pm
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Mike Tr says...
Peg chicken wire over the mulched areas where you don't want them to dig. They move on when they cannot scratch up mulch through the mesh.
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7th November 2013 7:28pm
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Grant says...
The say they don't like shiny things dangling around the place, so i put some CDs out. Not sure how well it worked because i pulled out a lifesize blow-up version of myself from the cupboard (a friend made it for my wife) .... [I could explain but it's too hard], and hung it from the bottlebrush out the front. They would not come within 40meters of it. Sure got the neighbours talking!
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Mike Tr says...
The shiny objects, scarecrows and other objectionable articles only hold them off for a short while.
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7th November 2013 7:39pm
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Anonymous says...
Chicken wire it is then, I've got some laying around somewhere.
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7th November 2013 7:49pm
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denise1 says...
Purple gallinules will also pull out new seedlings and put a peck in every watermelon.
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8th November 2013 6:21am
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Anonymous says...
Lyre birds!!! Very persistent
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8th November 2013 8:55am
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Anonymous says...
Swamp hens are more manageable than scrub turkeys.A friend of mine has their chickens molested by a male scrub turkey on a daily basis as well as having the garden rotary hoed. It paid the ultimate price for its uncivilised and destructive ways.
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ivepeters says...
Did it taste like chicken or turkey ?
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Anonymous says...
Last year I was talking to an Indigenous guy at my local pub, who has then homeless. He told me the police had tried to charge him for eating one, but apparently its within his rights to do that. I asked him the same thing and he said it doesn't really taste like either, so there you go.

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ivepeters says...
That's correct, any Australian wildlife whether protected or not.
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8th November 2013 3:31pm
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Anonymous says...
They are not good to eat and rather like a ball of wool boiled in a pot with a chicken stock cube.
Indigenous Australians do not get charged with eating wildlife.When using firearms on turtles,cassowaries or maybe dugongs when the people are not the traditional owners and in a protected area there may be a case.It happens all the time and people are not getting charged.
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MaryT says...
Mike, bush turkey is yummy if you cook it long enough:) This piece came from a bird in a gigantic Dutch oven (part of wing) - they're a pest on someone's property on Whidbey Island, Washington, USA where I attended a community pot luck dinner. Everything was home made, home grown - or home caught :)
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8th November 2013 5:37pm
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Anonymous says...
Mary I'd reckon that the wild turkeys in the US would be a lot nicer than our straggly bony things.
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Mike Tr says...
They even drink the wild turkey there.That meal looks way more appealing than a piece of megapode.
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Anonymous says...
I drink the wild Turkeys here, too :D

Ah, bourbon...brownest of the brown liquors.
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lee83 says...
Oh my goodness I have one very annoying turkey take over my yard. It has been driving me crazy for months now I take its nest apart and the next day it's built it again. I came across another forum that said they are territorial. I got a box and put mirror on each side, drove a stake down into the nest and put the box over top of it. For the last two days now I've been laughing my butt off watching the turkey attack it's reflection. Apparently this will go on for a week or so until it gives up and figures it's lost it's nest.
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Stephen Maguire says...
I still have some left over but last season I used Kings Bush Turkey Solution. Took a couple of days but he went somewhere else. This season if he returns I will shock him again.
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