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    Wild Turkey...Belongs on A Bottle not roosting on my chimney!\

    Does anyone have any experience getting rid of a roosting wild turkey? We recently started seeing them and now I have a persistent turkey on my chimney. So far... water doesn't work...rushing them with a broom = temporary solution and requires traipsing all over roof surface. Right now , I'm leaning towards 7" stainless steel spikes. I've heard they only roost on flat surfaces but cannot confirm that. Any help would be appreciated!
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    why bother? Turkeys are nice birds and have quite the personality and lots of different voices.
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    The only thing that is worse than a turkey that decides your house is home is a Peacock.

    When I bought my house in GA I was in it for a few weeks before the wife and the pups arrived. I had a couple of turkeys on or around the house all of the time. As soon as the Brittany arrived they moved on, I am thinking it was more the dog than the wife.
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    Every place I've ever lived (except for the various barracks and my college dormitory) allows for the shooting of nuisance critters. A 20 gauge slinging heavy game shot is a pretty good deterrent, but if you can get close enough to poke them with a broom then a small caliber pistol would probably work too. Aim for the head and hope it falls off the roof and not down the chimney. I've got a hilarious story involving a duck and a chimney I'll have to share at some point. Anyway, once word spreads around the flock that you're serious, they will probably move on.

    Either a slow cooker with lots of broth or a pressure cooker is my go-to for cooking wild turkey as it is much leaner and a little tougher than the farm raised variety.
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    17HMR or 22LR. A turkey will make a mess of your roof if you don't get rid of them. If it was just on the lawn or in a tree I'd let them be.
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    Are you sure it is a turkey?

    Flat surface - well if you call tree limbs a flat surface - turkeys around here roost in the trees.

    That is one reason why I question if it is a turkey or not. Wild turkeys are very skittish - normally all it would take is once scaring it off the chimney and it wouldn't be back. Now turkey vultures/Buzzards and the like are a different story.

    In the case of vultures and buzzards - they are carrion feeders. If there is something dead in your chimney they will be very persistent.
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    Sure it's not a wood duck? I have had two of those down my chimney and in my fireplace. We have multiple families right now of turkeys and I have never seen one on my chimney and they do roost in the trees here too.. I have always wondered why people hunt them, we could pick them up if we wanted too, they are very used to us and our cats and the little peepers are all over mama right now, you go out and they stand perfectly still and they are not afraid of us.. Good luck with your issue.
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    Turkeys around here run for cover when they see or hear us. Don't know why, we don't shoot them. We like seeing them though. Fun to watch. I don't think they like our roof as they just walk across our land and eat all the while they walk around.
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    Same thought

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    Are you sure it is a turkey?

    Flat surface - well if you call tree limbs a flat surface - turkeys around here roost in the trees.

    That is one reason why I question if it is a turkey or not. Wild turkeys are very skittish - normally all it would take is once scaring it off the chimney and it wouldn't be back. Now turkey vultures/Buzzards and the like are a different story.

    In the case of vultures and buzzards - they are carrion feeders. If there is something dead in your chimney they will be very persistent.
    I had the same thought that they could be turkey buzzards. I've never seen a wild turkey on a roof of any kind. In the road, in trees, on the ground, in hay fields but never on a roof. Buzzards on the other hand can be a dang nuisance and they definitely will sit on a roof. Our neighbor has a shed that a tree fell on and punched a hole in the roof. They haven't fixed it or taken it down and vultures started nesting in, leading to them perching on the neighbors roof. If they get close to our roof, I use a paint ball gun on them. Now all I have to do is walk out the door and they are gone from the neighbors property.

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    We have a lot of turkeys here; they come through the yard several times a day, most days. They are almost always just walking around feeding; if not, they are sitting in the shade just taking it easy. They rarely fly, unless my Boston Terrier takes after them, and they almost always fly into the trees. We have been seeing them off and on for maybe 10 years, and I have occasionally seen them sitting on the roofs of almost all of the houses in this area. Perhaps not rare, but certainly unusual. I haven't seen it for several months now though. My sense is that it only happens when there is a big flock of them coming through; for what ever reason.l
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