How to Deter Brush Turkeys
Brush Turkeys are a common problem for people living in
suburban Australia. Due to their protected status, populations of
turkeys have increased and they are expanding their territories,
advancing in on household gardens in close proximity to bush
lands. Turkeys can be a problem because the males like to build
their nests in piles of composting material. This is done to
provide a safe and warm place for the females to lay their eggs.
The reason this can be a problem is the males tend to scratch up
leaves to build up their nests. Having no arms this becomes a
messy affair and turkeys often leave large trails of leaves across
driveways and gardens, scratching up any manicured plants you
may have that get in the way. Turkeys also love to dig through
garden beds and will devastate any vegetable patches they come
across in search of food and well, just because they like
scratching up the ground.
There are several ways you can deter brush turkeys, the first and
foremost important being that you ensure you do not have any
piles of leaves or composting material exposed in your garden.
Once a turkey has decides to make your yard his home he can be
stubborn, so it’s best if you don’t give him a reason to take up
residence at your home in the first place.
If it is too late and a strapping young male has decided to build
his bachelor pad in your yard, in an attempt to woo local females,
there are a number of steps you can take. Firstly you can lay
chicken wire, or similar on the ground around the nest. This will
cause the turkey problems when he is trying to build his mound
and may persuade him to build somewhere else. You can also
build a fence around the nest completely, so it becomes
inaccessible to the male.
If you have a household dog, teach it to always chase the turkey
away. Turkeys can be very fast so it is unlikely you dog will catch
it. If the turkey deems the area to be too dangerous to maintain a
nest, it will likely move on. It does not want to be in an area with
aggressive predators for it’s own safety and the safety of its
young chicks after they hatch.
There are other ways to deter brush turkeys but the best way is
to prevent them in the first place. As a last resort you may
require professional turkey removal from an pest control
company that also catches and relocates turkeys. If you would
like to know more about how to stop brush turkeys taking over
your property be sure to click here for more information.