Turkeys in mulch beds

Lyn D
by Lyn D
Any suggestions on how to keep wild turkeys out of our mulch beds??
  10 answers
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Sep 08, 2014
    Hint: Thanksgiving is just around the corner?
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    • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Sep 09, 2014
      @Lyn D I have seen the motion activated sprinklers work on "My Cat From Hell" show on animal planet and it is the SUDDEN HARD burst of water that scares them away. It is not like a sprinkler but is designed as an "animal deterrent" device. Google "Video Animal Deterrent Sprinkler" and there are several videos you can watch. It shows everything from deer, raccoons to large birds fleeing.
  • Lyn D Lyn D on Sep 08, 2014
  • Hannah V Hannah V on Sep 08, 2014
    Maybe @A-1 Watkins Pest & Termite Control or @Sarah Toney can help with your turkey dilemma?
  • Carole Carole on Sep 08, 2014
    Give them a pile of straw and mulch of their own to mess up, somewhere in your garden where you don't have to look at it so much. If they are like our brush turkeys, they like to build a big pile of garden crap such as straw and mulch and soil to make their nests in. They scratch everything up and make a huge pile and then they are happy. Would this work for your turkeys I wonder? Else try putting some bamboo sticks into the soil/mulch to keep them off of it. Hard for them to scratch amongst it if there are uprights sticks in the way. Unsightly, but how long will these turkeys stick around for? Till they have bred and laid eggs and then they might be off again?
  • Judy Judy on May 08, 2015
    Shotgun = delicious turkey dinner.
  • Laura Haven Laura Haven on Jun 23, 2015
    They're are wild turkeys now in Palm Coast?!??? My husband, son, dog, & I used to live in PC, FL in 2003-04.
    • Lyn D Lyn D on Aug 31, 2015
      @Laura Haven Yes there is wild turkeys, wild deer, aggressive squirrels, hole digging armadillos lol. I really don't mind them. It is actually us invading their territory. The armadillos are the worst. My husband is going to catch the dillo, it is destroying our grass. Any suggestions? Why did you leave Palm Coast?
  • Hus1339650 Hus1339650 on Jul 08, 2015
    Turkeys will run away at any sign of movement. Put a decorative pinwheel or flag in your garden beds - anything that moves. You won't have turkey problems again.
    • Lyn D Lyn D on Aug 31, 2015
      @Huskers_33 I've done that. Doesn't seem to bother these buggers :) But the sprinklers will send them on their way if I catch them.
  • Barbara Puppel Coburn Barbara Puppel Coburn on Aug 31, 2015
    oh, I have a pinwheel, a wind chime with a loud bell and a large metal chicken...none of them seem to keep the turkey (who has been following the same route through our neighborhood for 3 years) from my mulched flower beds
    • Lyn D Lyn D on Aug 31, 2015
      @Barbara Puppel Coburn I sometimes wave a tennis racket and run around after them. I do look silly lol ;)
  • Cyndi Neumann Cyndi Neumann on May 24, 2017

    Thanks for these awnswers! I have a turkey getting in my newly plowed garden and I have not yet planted it because of this. I will try these ideas! Smiles, Cyndi

  • Mike H Mike H on Sep 14, 2019

    Pin wheels do nothing. Now watching 2 turkeys rip up neighbor's flower bed and she has 6 active wheels going