Get the most bang for your buck. Managing your property for wild turkeys will draw in birds, but why not improve their overall flock health by planting with a purpose.
Simply feeding wild birds a diet of planted crops isn’t enough. Total turkey management require an understanding of the birds’ dietary needs throughout the year, and a plan to meet those needs through blended habitats.
Protein for poults
Explanation: High amounts of protein help poults with growth and development
Implement: Cut paths through fallow fields so insects are available or partake in prescribed burns which will increase plant productivity and increase the number of easily accessible invertebrates on your land
The love of legumes
Explanation: Legumes provide a calorie-rich food also high in protein and other dietary elements providing essential nutrients
Source: beans, peas, lentils, red and white clover, ground nut, trefoil, alfalfa and vetch
Implement: Plant legumes beneficial to birds and your land will also benefit. Legumes are effective at fixing nitrogen in the soil
The need for seeds
Explanation: Seeds and berries provide protein and starches necessary for building fat reserves and energy through the intake of carbohydrates
Source: Ryegrass, buckwheat, chufa, orchard grass, sorghum and millet
Implement: Strategically planting these options will provide food for turkeys during the summer, fall, winter and spring
Meet the nutritional needs of turkeys on your property by providing multiple sources of food year round.
Blending food types and habitats maximizes proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients, and reduces the turkeys’ need to travel. It will increase both the number and overall health of your flock.