Evaluation of two techniques for attaching radio transmitters to turkey poults

Jeff Bowman, Mark C. Wallace, Warren B. Ballard, John H. Brunjes IV, Michael S. Miller, James Marquette Hellman

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We conducted a pen study to evaluate two methods of attaching radio transmitters to Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) poults. Transmitters (1.8 g) were attached interscapularly to 2-d-old turkeys, either with glue or as implants. Attachment method had no detectable effect on the growth or survival of poults. Transmitter retention differed between the methods. Mean retention times were 27.6 d for glued backpacks and 30.5 d for interscapular implants. Ease of implementation and behavioral differences of birds immediately after application suggest that glued backpacks are preferred in situations where a retention time of 29 d is adequate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-280
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Field Ornithology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


  • Growth
  • Implant
  • Meleagris
  • Survival
  • Telemetry
  • Transmitter attachment
  • Wild Turkey


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