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The ongoing Turkey saga: Turkey 3, Andy 0

I thought I'd best stop hijacking Mr Riley's blog with my Turkey saga.

You'll recall the story so far: 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland yesterday

Hey Dianne, I don't expect Bobbie to pick the difference between a turkey and chook.  But, he is actually quite suspicious of our new visitor.  I'm gonna git me a gun! (well, a water one).  

Hear that Dave?!  Now we get to blast things with water guns! We can't set fire to them - but maybe some wee in that gun?  

Comment by Dave Riley yesterday

Elaine's right -- as she so often is: water pistol weaponry. Some suggestions that using strong odors and chilli powder  or coating the soil in mesh wire will work.

One guy in aleafy Brisbane burb used plastic pink flamingos to good effect. Raised em high so that they threatened to swoop.

Comment by Dianne Caswell yesterday

You have treated these dogs like too much of the family, they just don't know their role in life. Good on You....

Comment by Andrew Cumberland yesterday

I have a young one as well, for the first time this year.  Luckily, it's been distracted by the spilled grain around the chicken coop (I bet it gives my girls lice!), but it's also digging around out the front.  Heaven help me when it discovers the raised beds.  Young Bobbie (my dog) has proved a big disappointment in the turkey chasing stakes. 

Comment by Elaine coolowl on Sunday

The Bush Turkey that scrapes mulch is the male. Suggest arming yourself with a water pistol and wetting the thing. The only real way to deal with it (apart from killing it which is not allowed unless you can find a sneaky way of doing it) is to erect a 2metre high fence around the garden. Having a lid on it helps too. It's a big ask with your extensive garden, hence the water pistol suggestion. Assuming you can find or build one.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on Sunday

I am so lucky I don't have a Bush Turkey in the garden but the Rainbow Lorikeets & Sulphur Crested are driving me mad. I Have an Elaeocarpus grandis (Blue Quandong) and they come for the flowers and small nuts whilst at the same time chewing off small branches, and what is under the tree (that is as high as a 3 story house), the Vegi Garden. The birds come in about 3 times a day so I have a mess to clean up as often.

Would love to see a Write Up on the 'Spinaches'. Tonight we are having a Boneless Lamb Roast stuffed with Warrigal Greens, Onion, Ginger Mint and Pine Nuts. I just love finding out about all the different greens I can grow and eat. Thanks for your input.

Comment by Dave Riley on Sunday

Tragically my garden has been recently discovered by the town's Bush Turkey who now thinks he/she is in bliss: mulch, verdant habitat, up and down beds...

Every day it comes to visit. And it comes back if chased away.

My dogs are useless.

It's me vs the bird.

The Coyote and The Roadrunner.

Every morning I get up to feed the chooks and every morning now there's a Bush Turkey rummaging in my vegetable garden. So every morning I'm chasing the bird around like a witch with a broom. But I don't have a broom so my martial arts skills kicked in this morning as I picked chokoes and three them at the bird.
BAM! Take that you poultry marauder! BIFF! 
It jumped the fence but was back in 20 minutes. 
So I picked up one of the dogs and went hunting with it in my arms. 
I was gonna say: Look! Attack that!
But the darn bird was no where to be seen...

But I'm not allowed to kill this poultry.It being fauna ...(and besides there's only two in the whole town -- they live in the school grounds. Peacocks own the swamp -- TRUE! -- and we're Bird Central. An avian hub. So you can't begrudge any species.). 'Turkey' is not derivative of menu attributes... The bugger was back this afternoon and I picked up the Jack Russell and gave chase...thinking it's like carrying a machine gun in a violin case. If it was a Blue Tongue Lizard or rodent he'd stiffen and struggle to get at it. But birds...After all these years I've given so much to canines. Walked them. Picked up their poo. Squeezed their anal glands...all the good times we've shared-- you'd think there would be some pay back,I could count on. One bird. Just one bird dealt with is all I ask....

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Comment by DARREN JAMES on May 16, 2015 at 18:42

Gee Dave glad I was nice to you all this time, will wear my steel capped boots and cams to your place next time lol .I do hope you catch that rascally rabbit ie turkey.As for the nuclear winters Ive had my share after leaving open gates covers nets and etc but at least I can put them chooks in house arrest until my plants recover or  depending on their sentence.As for those bush turkeys good luck they sure do have their own agenda dont they.

Comment by Dave Riley on May 16, 2015 at 11:18


(Touch bamboo wood...)

I inserted a lot of bamboo skewers among my plants yesterday in order to protect prized seedlings and some key roots from the bird's fossicking  and it is clear that she moved onto other places in the garden during her last visit.

You wouldn't want to fall onto my garden beds as they are booby trapped! You'd be impaled.

Skewed eyeballs. Lanced lips. Punctured lungs.Speared abdomen.

I've pointed the skewers every which way so they are hard to get around. I know they hurt because I pricked myself a few times.

Maybe if they were poison tipped......?

Will my defenses hold? Has the turkey been vanquished? Will my name ring on in gardening lore?

Peter Cundell... Mary Mary Quite Contrary...The Flower Pot Men...The Turkey man, Dave Riley....

Like sand through an hour glass, only time will tell....

Comment by Lissa on May 16, 2015 at 5:41

I had heard they weren't good eating also but Mark says they are good to eat. Maybe need to test the theory on Percy.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 15, 2015 at 20:44

Taste rubbish apparently Darren. 

Comment by DARREN JAMES on May 15, 2015 at 19:09

I always wondered how they would go in my Webber with some of them greens,wish you wouldnt give me ideas Dianne lol

Comment by Dave Riley on May 15, 2015 at 16:38

I purchased several packs of bamboo skewers today ($2/pack) and inserted them -- pointy bit  up -- strategically in the a garden beds in order to protect my plants. I targeted spots the turkey had visited...

Now I have to wait to see what happens. ...

I tried neat urine inoculation this last week but I had a protest from the house -- "What's that smell?"  -- so I had to change tactics.

There are whole sections of the garden the Bush Turkey is  welcomed to peruse. I am a generous man afterall. After dealing with escaped chooks I can afford to be accommodating to native fauna.

Chooks are the garden. Have you ever wondered why a chook pen looks like  nuclear Winter? Hens take no prisoners.It's all shock and awe. They are feathered eating machines who leave no sod unturned.

In comparison a Bush Turkey is a dainty eater. A dig here. A dig there. It's just that there are too many of them.

And in the daylight!

What poultrified arrogance!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 13, 2015 at 21:44

I had a nice chat with the young bloke across the road (looks about 10).  We have a plan:

He will feed Percy every morning with the chicken food. 

If Percy doesn't stay home, we will catch him in a net and relocate him to the reserve way up the road so he can be safe with this turkey friends.  LOL. I wish I had have got that conversation on video.  It was gold. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 13, 2015 at 19:38

Bobbie has learned to chase the turkey!  Actually, I damn near had a heart attack today because I thought he was gunna actually get it.  (The bloody thing is the kids across the road's wild pet.)

I think I have developed a VERY cunning plan.  I'm going to give the kids some chicken feed to give to Percy early in the morning.  Between Bobbie and the food at home, he should stay there.

Comment by Lissa on May 13, 2015 at 19:24

My Mum's neighbour uses the same theory with small fenced garden areas to keep them out. It seems to be an proven method to keep them out of your veg beds.

My little ratter Gretel was like your greyhound. I taught her to just chase the rodents, not the cockatiels, in the aviary. The other two dogs aren't so talented and I can't let them in there.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 13, 2015 at 11:52

Oh blimey, I do not need a bush turkey. None about (yet!). We do have the odd cane toad and so far no other pests (yet!).

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