Wild Turkey

cheleinri(z6 RI)April 30, 2012

To all clematis lovers:

If you have wild turkey, do not feed or otherwise encourage them. They LOVE clematis. As far as I have seen, this is the only perennial they eat, but they will eat every clematis bud they can reach.

This has been a public service announcement.

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Let's hope the NH turkeys don't take lessons from your RI turkeys! So far the ones in my area haven't eaten any clematis, but maybe they have enough other foods to eat in my rural area.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 7:58PM
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Yuck! Yet another animal to worry about! The turkeys are everywhere here but since we now have 2 dogs wandering our property they sort of stay away. Our biggest problem w/them is w/grass seeds. I can't get then down fast enough before they eat them all. Now If I catch them eating my clematis we might be having Thanksgiving in spring ;)

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 8:31AM
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cheleinri(z6 RI)

It's partly my fault for thinking that befriending them was a good idea. I do enjoy seeing the turkeys, just not when they do that! Betty Corning is tall thank goodness, but the bottom 3 feet gets stripped. It hurts even more when they get to the more delicate, large flowered ones. Now it's that time of year again, and I find myself chasing them away and attempting to erect barriers. They act like it's a delicacy, so I can't imagine any turkey not going for them once discovered. Maybe I need a dog..

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 10:16AM
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They do eat ticks though. With the amount of ticks I have pulled off my kids, dogs, husband and myself maybe I should invite the turkeys back. Sorry to hear about your plants. It's always something.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 7:14PM
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