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Old 11-22-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I live in a large-lot suburban neighborhood which is filled with many different kinds of wildlife, including owls and woodpeckers, not to mention the occasional fox and coyote. However, I've yet to see any wild turkeys in my yard, although I've spotted them at nearby parks.

What I'd like to know is what to put out to attract these beautiful birds - would love to have a nesting family in my backyard. Dried corn, perhaps? Or is this just a case of waiting until we get lucky?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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I live in a large-lot suburban neighborhood which is filled with many different kinds of wildlife, including owls and woodpeckers, not to mention the occasional fox and coyote. However, I've yet to see any wild turkeys in my yard, although I've spotted them at nearby parks.

What I'd like to know is what to put out to attract these beautiful birds - would love to have a nesting family in my backyard. Dried corn, perhaps? Or is this just a case of waiting until we get lucky?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
I thought we had a wild turkey in our back yard and got all excited, until I saw it chowing down on a dead squirrel. Turned out it was a turkey vulture.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:09 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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https://www.thespruce.com/what-do-turkeys-eat-386553
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:39 AM
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Give me your address and I'll send you a couple of truckloads from my backyard.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:44 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Give me your address and I'll send you a couple of truckloads from my backyard.
It is quite the fun when they come screaming outta the trees, and bouncing off the top of your car.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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I live in a large-lot suburban neighborhood which is filled with many different kinds of wildlife, including owls and woodpeckers, not to mention the occasional fox and coyote. However, I've yet to see any wild turkeys in my yard, although I've spotted them at nearby parks.

What I'd like to know is what to put out to attract these beautiful birds - would love to have a nesting family in my backyard. Dried corn, perhaps? Or is this just a case of waiting until we get lucky?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
First things first: Do you know for certain that turkeys are present in the area?
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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If there are turkeys nearby and the habitat is what they like, they will eventually colonize or move into your immediate area.

Food, cover, water and holding capacity.

As a note, both fox and coyote can devastate a turkey, or any ground nesting bird, population. Foxes will go after the nests for the eggs and newly hatched poults, as will opossums and raccoons, while coyotes will also go after adult birds.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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As helpful as the previous posts are, NBP said it best. Provide them what they want, which includes being left alone, and they'll settle. Yes, some will get eaten. That's nature's way.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:53 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Aside from the two months a year when nesting, my local turkeys like to hang out in the lower branches of trees, and then forage in the low-density woods.

They'll traverse a well-groomed lawn, but it's not that interesting too them.
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Old 11-23-2017, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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Check this out. https://www.southernstates.com/artic...d-turkeys.aspx
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