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Old 04-08-2018, 08:52 PM
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What killed this bird? I have my suspicions but let's hear y'alls. I missed a chance at this bird Monday. Went in yesterday evening to his roost area and found him dead. Did not do a necropsy but did make some notes. No bird shot. No broken wings, neck, or legs. No feathers strown around. No damage to breast plate. Try to get pictures to load tomorrow. Saying site error.
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:05 PM
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Your awesome calling gave him a heart attack . LOL

Could have been a branch bust off and crushed his neck as it fell on him.

I have had chickens that looked fine going in their cage to roost and next morning were stone cold dead. One looked like it's craw was overpacked, jammed with food, etc and it might have choked to death or died from lack of oxygen.
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:10 PM
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Should have hauled him to the wildlife biologist to study. You may have held the key to the survival of the wild turkey species. lol
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Interesting !
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:26 PM
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Should have hauled him to the wildlife biologist to study. You may have held the key to the survival of the wild turkey species. lol
Most of his guts and craw were eaten along with most the meat or I would have studied it a little more.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:20 AM
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I found a jake once with no head, like something cut it cleanly off. Body wasn't touched and this was late summer checking spots before deer season. Never understood that one.
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He may have eaten something poisonous or may have been bitten by a snake.
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Turkey can eat bout anything so prolly not craw bound. I would guess bobcat, they can eat a bird without making a big mess. At least they do with my chickens. But they generally try and hide leftovers. Possum may have came along and ate craw and guts.
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:21 AM
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I found a jake once with no head, like something cut it cleanly off. Body wasn't touched and this was late summer checking spots before deer season. Never understood that one.


Probably a great horned owl did that.
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Probably a great horned owl did that.
I'm pretty confident this one was killed on the roost. Either by owl or possibly a racoon. I'll explain the latter later. My dad thinks it could have been lightning. . . Odd theory but plausible based on lack of damages and thunderstorm a day or two before. And on edge of pond.
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I'm pretty confident this one was killed on the roost. Either by owl or possibly a racoon. I'll explain the latter later. My dad thinks it could have been lightning. . . Odd theory but plausible based on lack of damages and thunderstorm a day or two before. And on edge of pond.
Eagle???????
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:15 AM
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:24 AM
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My first thought was what Nic said. Every turkey out there gotta die some day.
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An eagle would pick the feathers as it ate it. So will a hawk.
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Chupacabra.
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An owl will usually pick it clean from top of breast all the way up the neck.
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I watched a hawk once come after my decoy, it would go way up high and tornado down to the decoy just buzzing its head. Did this seven times before it finally grabbed the head but couldn't get it out of the ground. Fun to watch and this went on for about 15 minutes. I wonder if their talons are sharp enough to cut one clean off.
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:58 PM
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They die like we do for unknown reasons or old age.
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There have been studies about owl predation on gobblers and hens on the roost. Owls just eat the head. Gil
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I found a jake once with no head, like something cut it cleanly off. Body wasn't touched and this was late summer checking spots before deer season. Never understood that one.
Dang trophy hunters. Kill it, cut the head off, and left the body to rot...
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Bird flu ?
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I'm also thinking a great horned owl. They'll often eat flesh around the head and neck, and possibly other meat that is easily available. As the craw was gone, I suggest a great horned owl is the culprit.
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Had a professor in college that got his PhD on turkeys and found a major contributor for adult mortality was birds that were spooked, flying into tree limbs and injuring themselves or completely impaling themselves on a limb. I try not to flush turkeys especially on a rode way.
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Probably supplemental feeding.
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