Droppings/Scant

Large white droppings and regurgitated bones, fur, feathers, etc. at roost and nest sites

Sounds

To hear what an vulture sounds like, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a sound clip for each species of vulture on their 'All About Birds' website.
Vulture map

Kills similar to:

The Vulture

Vultures are large birds, weighing up to 6 lb with a wingspan up to 32 in long. Often seen in flocks of 70 or more birds, vultures enjoy roosting high above the ground, in towers and rooftops. Vulture species which most often prey on poultry include:
  • Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus): A large black bird with wrinkled bare-skinned heads and necks.
  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura): Dark brown with a bare head and neck, and skin color varying from pink to bright red.
If provided with the opportunity, vultures will kill young or fully-grown ducks and chickens, as well as their eggs. They will often begin feeding on young or sick poultry by pecking the eyes and nose, navel, and vent. They have blinded birds by pecking out their eyes, even when they do not kill the birds they attack. Vultures are heavy, aggressive birds that can destroy most standard bird control products.

Regulatory Law
In the United States, all vultures are protected by law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act so humane bird control methods must be used to move them.

Exclusion

Trim tree branches : By trimming nearby tree branches, it could deter vultures from roosting on them while evaluating their next prey.

Electric fencing : In some instances, heavy duty bird wire (.96mm) tensioned 8 in high will protect against turkey vultures roosting on roof parapets or girders and overhead grid wire systems 5 ft on center or wide mesh horizontal bird nets can dissuade birds from landing in flat, open areas.

Overhead protection : Install supported, fully stretched, overhead protective bird netting that is strong enough to support the weight and force exerted by a large hawk or owl without collapsing the entire system. Use garage frames to help support the netting.

Frightening

  • Scary objects : Install a scarecrow motion activated sprinkler, hang shiny reflective objects from trees such as CDs, Mylar flash tape, predator eye balloons, bird spikes products

References

  1. Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage. Editors, Scott E. Hygnstrom, Robert M. Timm, Gary E. Larson. 1994. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2 vols.
  2. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/king-vulture/
  3. http://www.aaanimalcontrol.com/vulturecontrol.htm
  4. http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/upload/LearnMoreReport2.pdf
  5. http://learn.eartheasy.com/2013/05/how-to-protect-your-chickens-from-overhead-predators/
  6. http://icwdm.org/wildlife/Vultures.aspx
  7. http://www.capitalrestoration.us/identifyingpestbirds.html
  8. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Turkey_Vulture/id
  9. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black_Vulture/id