Dealing with wild turkeys

Wild turkeys can be a problem and nuisance especially when they seasonally appear out of nowhere onto your garden and backyard. They come in flocks searching for food but end up destroying your garden and leaving possible diseases behind.

image of wild turkey

Not safe for kids to approach

There was a time when turkeys were only seen in rural areas but now they are a common sight in many regions. There’s an estimated seven million wild turkeys in US today. Spread over the country this may not seem like much but in some areas they aggregate and can be a real problem, for both homeowners and farms.

Turkeys can also be dangerous, especially with children who often find them endearing and approach too close. A male, referred to as a “Tom”, can weigh over twenty pounds and when defending/attacking they kick, brandishing pretty large spurs, and forcefully peck with their beaks.

Over the years people have adopted various ways of getting rid of wild turkeys. Some people shoot them but first of all this may not be legal, second you may end up just injuring the animal, and last but not least – it won’t do much good. There’s always more. The only humane and practical way to stop the birds from foraging on your property is to scare them off (or
fence your property – but you need high fences for that).

A sprinkler is an innovative and non-lethal way of keeping your gardens and backyard clear of any turkey visits. With one machine strategically placed in your garden, you could secure a prime location, for example a vegetable garden. With just a few units, your whole property could be protected against nuisance animals of all sorts including deer and wild pigs.

There are several brands that manufacture
automatic scarecrow sprinklers
intended for property protection with Contech, Havahart and Orbit being the most established. All versions work on the same basic principle: when a motion sensor is activated it triggers a sudden spray of water.

While there are standalone water scarecrow versions that have their own water receptacles, the common motion activated sprinkler is connected to a regular garden hose. Installation is extremely simple and a single unit can cover an area of 1200 square feet, 24/7, all year long.

Flock of eastern turkeys outdoors

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