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Old 10-27-2020, 11:17 AM   #1
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Turkeys are pecking my roof

After sealing some small cracks on my rubber roof seams I noticed pieces of sealant scattered about the roof. On further inspection it appears a bird of some sort is pecking at it and tearing holes.

I store it on a Coast Guard base outside of town where there is a huge flock of turkeys. I have seen turkeys do some goofy stuff before but this takes the cake. I know it's turkeys because they left footprints.

Anybody else experience something like this?


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Old 10-27-2020, 11:35 AM   #2
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Turkeys or vultures. Vultures do a lot of damage in southern FL. They even tear off wiper blades and damage windshield gaskets! Guess you could cover it?
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Old 10-27-2020, 11:36 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's probably what I'll end up doing.
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Old 10-27-2020, 03:43 PM   #4
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We have had buzzards cause damage here in Ohio - they love the black rubber seals on the slideouts and the caulking on everything on the roof
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Yeah, we have those too
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Buzzards most likely. They play havoc with boats, trucks and rv's here at a nearby lake. I've seen some pictures of many of the fisherman's pickups that are just ruined.
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Old 10-28-2020, 01:56 PM   #7
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Dinner?

If by chance they are turkey's you can have your Thanskgiving dinner covered!!!
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Old 10-28-2020, 01:57 PM   #8
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Can't hunt on the base
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If by chance they are turkey's you can have your Thanskgiving dinner covered!!!
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We have similar problems here in Alaska, only with ravens. According to some Treaty with Canada and Mexico signed in the '70s they are a protected species. Every now and then Fish & Game has to do some serious culling of the population to bring back the balance of nature so to speak. They are a pure nuisance.
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Old 10-28-2020, 02:25 PM   #10
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Turkeys or vultures. Vultures do a lot of damage in southern FL. They even tear off wiper blades and damage windshield gaskets! Guess you could cover it?
Maybe cover the caulking with Eternabond tape. It's white so they might not recognize that it's different than the roof. Or they might not like the scent/taste.

It would be an easy and cheap test to surround a few vents to see what happens before you cover everything.
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Old 10-28-2020, 02:27 PM   #11
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Maybe cover the caulking with Eternabond tape. It's white so they might not recognize that it's different than the roof. Or they might not like the scent/taste.

It would be an easy and cheap test to surround a few vents to see what happens before you cover everything.
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We have two species of Buzzards here in the Ozarks. The regular turkey buzzards don't cause much of any damage except now and then they knock off a motorcycle rider once in awhile. There are a few stupid ones that don't have their timing down right and they wait until just a little too late to flap off the roadway. And, oh yes, there are those that try and hang onto to much dead critter and don't realize they are overloaded for take off! Now the other type of Buzzard we have are the total all black ones that migrate through here every year and they are very destructive. Eat rubber roofs and trim off things like crazy. They also can raise hell with shingles. They are also aggressive and will start killing a new born calf as it hits the ground. They are all protected by our dear government which as usual does not give a flip about the problem unless it's one of their buildings they tear up. They can kill them off but we the farmers and ranchers cannot. Sorry to hear about your problem.
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We have two species of Buzzards here in the Ozarks. The regular turkey buzzards don't cause much of any damage except now and then they knock off a motorcycle rider once in awhile. There are a few stupid ones that don't have their timing down right and they wait until just a little too late to flap off the roadway. And, oh yes, there are those that try and hang onto to much dead critter and don't realize they are overloaded for take off! Now the other type of Buzzard we have are the total all black ones that migrate through here every year and they are very destructive. Eat rubber roofs and trim off things like crazy. They also can raise hell with shingles. They are also aggressive and will start killing a new born calf as it hits the ground. They are all protected by our dear government which as usual does not give a flip about the problem unless it's one of their buildings they tear up. They can kill them off but we the farmers and ranchers cannot. Sorry to hear about your problem.
We have a large bird here in SW Ontario which we know as the Turkey Vulture- Probably same as one of yours. I've never had or heard of damage to RVs here. As to harm to livestock and farm property, I believe farmers here are legally able to kill any animal (even otherwise protected species) which threatens their livestock.
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Can't hunt on the base
I don't think I would call it hunting since they come to you. If you set up a snare, no one would know.


I can see a new Will E. Coyote / Roadrunner type cartoon in the future.
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You might be able to scare off any birds with owl decoys or tying some motion objects on the roof. Balloons flopping in the wind might do the trick.
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You might be able to scare off any birds with owl decoys or tying some motion objects on the roof. Balloons flopping in the wind might do the trick.


Neighbors tried all of these along with shiny tape and spinners - none worked for them
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Not very smart are they? Leaving footprints that you can identify.
They are probably roosting on your roof to get away from predators on the ground.
One of the Humane Societies recommendation is bird wire or hardware cloth. Not sure that's practical, but they do make bird spikes that you could temporarily install on the perimeter. The goal is to keep them from landing https://smile.amazon.com/SEEKSEE-Ant...%2C211&sr=8-35
Or perhaps this motion/voice activated creature on you roof
https://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Dec...936397&sr=8-44
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Im really glad gators can't climb up onto the roof of ours.
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I had wood peckers do $4000.00 worth of roof damage a few years ago. Fortunately I had to cover only my $1K deductible. Wood peckers are no longer a friend of mine!!
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Turkey’s don’t fly, how did they get on the roof of your RV?
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