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​The Australian Bush Turkeys Invading Suburban Backyards!!


The Australian Brush Turkey, also known as Bush Turkey and Scrub Turkey, are part of the megapode "big feet" bird family.

The population of Brush Turkeys in Australia was severely reduced in the 1960s after coming close to extinction during the Depression as they were easy to hunt for food.

As a result, they became a protected species in the 1970s .

Now they are increasingly becoming a nuisance as the population continues to grow.

Breeding Cycle

One of the bird’s most distinctive behaviours is how it rears its young.

Mother turkeys do not incubate their eggs by sitting on them. Rather, and much to the chagrin of gardeners, male turkeys wreak havoc in beloved backyards by raking up dirt to build huge nest mounds — up to five meters in diameter — from sticks, leaf litters and otherwise healthy flowers and plants. These can sometimes hold up to 56 eggs at one given time. This is because one male Bush Turkey can breed with up to six females who can each lay up to 12 eggs.

The female birds then inspect the quality of the mounds to choose whom to mate with.

As the compost heap rots it ferments releasing heat, which keeps the eggs warm.

The male birds ensure the mound is kept at the perfect temperature but once the chicks emerge they are left to fend for themselves.

What is the Solution?

Thankfully there is a good treatment plan to change the behavioural patterns of the birds.

Birdsoff has been selling The Bush Turkey and Ibis Solution to our customers for years. In fact every year the same customers come back to apply the solution and defend their homes for the next Spring season.

The solution is completely organic made of oil, herbs and spices. It is designed to deter the birds due to the smell of the solution. We would liken it to an organic plant fertiliser. Birds have an extremely acute sense of smell. We may not smell the solution after 1 week however the birds can smell it up to 1 month.

The treatment process is very simple, gather some samples of the plant matter the male has been scratching around in and soak it in the solution,

scatter around your garden. The Turkey will not like the smelling matter on his legs and feet. Pour a good amount of solution directly onto the mound. When the female inspects the mound she will not lay her eggs due to the smell. The male Turkey will become extremely frustrated and will move on.

The positive feedback from our customers has been wonderful they believe the process takes between 10 – 14 days.

There is no need for dangerous and messy chemical pesticides, poisons and traps. Other than a damaged ego the male Bush Turkey will work it out pretty quickly and find other places to attract his ladies.

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