[NAFEX] Wild turkeys, mice & voles
nafex at mokalive.com
Fri May 7 01:44:53 EDT 2004
My Black Spanish and Bronze and the free range chickens for that matter
would love baby and small mice/rodents for lunch any day! Also baby
bobwhite and frogs and grasshoppers make good snacks too.
On May 3, 2004, at 9:47 PM, nafex-request at lists.ibiblio.org wrote:
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> Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 22:46:53 EDT
> From: Jwlehman at aol.com
> Subject: [NAFEX] Wild turkeys, mice & voles.
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
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> After the e/m advising wild turkeys ate mice & voles I send an e/m to
> Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources to confirm.
> Here was the reply:
> Subj: Wild turkeys, mice, and moles
> Date: 5/3/2004 11:39:55 AM US Eastern Standard Time
> From: sbacks at dnr.state.in.us
> To: Jwlehman at aol.com
> Dear Jerry,
> To my knowledge I have never seen mice or voles listed as a food item
> in any
> study regarding the food habits of wild turkeys. Wild turkeys do like
> to eat
> invertebrates (insects, spiders, etc) when they are available. I
> would not be
> surprised that once
> in a blue moon a wild turkey might ingest a small mouse or vole in
> it for some caterpillar or grub but I certainly don't think they would
> actively seek them out as a prey item. You would be better off
> foxes, and weasels than wild turkeys if mole and voles were a problem.
> Thanks for your inquiry,
> Steve Backs
> Wild turkey Project Leader
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