If you aren’t familiar with the term, a Brush turkey is an adult male turkey that goes around in search of females to mate with.
These birds are also known as Tom turkeys. In the springtime, these males will begin to dance and whistle in front of any females they see.
If a female accepts their courtship and allows them to mate, she will lay her eggs and then the male will leave.
This is how they reproduce; by having fertilized eggs hatch from their bodies back in the wild where there is more than enough food for them to feed their young ones.
If you have a garden, this might not be something you welcome. They are destructive animals especially if they get hungry enough (which they will).
Their diet consists of almost anything green but it doesn’t mean that you won’t ever see them getting into your plants or vegetables either.
Here are some tips on how you can keep these nuisance birds out of your garden this season:
Keep your garden predator free
The best way to keep these birds out of your garden is to make sure that you have a predator-free environment.
A good way to do this would be to use an electric fence and the chickens will stay away from those wires.
Another solution is to use a natural predator like a hawk or owl which will keep them out of the area completely.
Birds of the same gender don’t like each other
Although the male brush turkey is a dominant presence, he still needs to mate with a female in order to reproduce.
This means that if he cannot find one, he will likely migrate elsewhere. If you have a female brush turkey nearby, they are more likely to stay away from your garden since they won’t be able to mate with them.
Keep your garden safe for small animals
If you have small animals that like to come into your garden, then make sure to keep these areas and plants safe. This will prevent Brush turkeys from getting in your garden by accident.
If you have a fence around your garden, make sure that it is high enough to keep the turkeys out. Make sure it has no holes or gaps that could allow the birds to slip through.
Protect your plants with a mesh netting and stringing it across the top of your plants. This will prevent the birds from eating anything they find while they are inside and will also give them an easy way out when they are ready to leave without having to go through any walls or fences.
Use a repellent spray on any tree branches or other places where you think brush turkeys may be hanging out. A few sprays of this repellent should do the trick for keeping them away for a few days at least.
Make a wide perimeter around your garden
This is your first step in keeping these birds out of your garden. You don’t have to do this, but it will make it a lot easier when you do have turkey problems. You need to prevent them from going inside your garden and finding the food they are looking for, which is mainly going to be green plants.
You can use fences that are tall enough so that the turkeys can’t jump over them with ease or you can plant a row of thorny plants all along the fence line and let those plants provide their own barrier.
The best option for you would be to create a natural barrier for the birds to use as an obstacle.
Don’t feed the turkeys
If you have a garden, be sure not to give these birds any extra food. If you do feed them, they will become dependent on it and won’t go hungry when they are in your garden.
In the springtime, they will find other food sources that don’t include your plants or vegetables.
There are many ways to keep your garden free of brush turkeys. Here are some ideas:
- Keep your garden predator free
- Birds of the same gender don’t like each other
- Keep your garden safe for small animals
- Make a wide perimeter around your garden
- Don’t feed the turkeys