Wild turkeys eating pumpkin seed!
I planted my first rows of pumpkins two weeks ago today. Yesterday morning I noticed turkeys in the patch. I counted 77 plants up about two inches in the first 7 rows. I noticed many damaged hulls in the seed bed. If I had 100% germination there should be about 1264 plants in those first seven rows. Totally, I have planted approximately 3600 seeds in 16 rows now, with the latest planted last Friday. The rows planted more recently show similar damage. I blame the turkeys, but there may be mice or voles helping them. What can I do? Is there some way to treat the seed or the seedbed to prevent this disaster? I have only planted about half of my seed. What should I do? Would it make sense to sprinkle cracked corn or something between the rows to offer an alternative to pumpkin seeds until the pumpkins sprout?