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Buteo4 Dec 19th 2014 11:20 AM



My husband has five 6-7 month old buck fawns still on the bottle. He is still giving them 20-30 oz of milk replacer twice day! They are offered free choice pelleted feed and alfalfa, and my husband cuts up a dozen apples a day into bite sized pieces for them (constant trips to the grocery store for apples!). He says that they are "sick and weak" and that is why he is still bottle feeding them and he intends to keep giving them the bottle until they stop on their own.*These fawns were all born with low birth weights and have had health problems throughout their short lives (one a broken leg, another a large abcess, the others scours, pneumonia) and we have been constantly doctoring on them and nursing them along, though they have been growing and seem to be doing relatively well now, I think. *I think that at this point he is doing more harm them good by continuing to give them milk and in such a large quantity. I believe that it discourages them from eating more solid feed and that at a certain age milk becomes hard for*them to digest. I hate to say it, but we are fighting constantly about it!* Any thoughts?

Four Seasons Whitetails Dec 19th 2014 01:43 PM

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My husband has five 6-7 month old buck fawns still on the bottle. He is still giving them 20-30 oz of milk replacer twice day! They are offered free choice pelleted feed and alfalfa, and my husband cuts up a dozen apples a day into bite sized pieces for them (constant trips to the grocery store for apples!). He says that they are "sick and weak" and that is why he is still bottle feeding them and he intends to keep giving them the bottle until they stop on their own.*These fawns were all born with low birth weights and have had health problems throughout their short lives (one a broken leg, another a large abcess, the others scours, pneumonia) and we have been constantly doctoring on them and nursing them along, though they have been growing and seem to be doing relatively well now, I think. *I think that at this point he is doing more harm them good by continuing to give them milk and in such a large quantity. I believe that it discourages them from eating more solid feed and that at a certain age milk becomes hard for*them to digest. I hate to say it, but we are fighting constantly about it!* Any thoughts?




I believe this is a case where Pa better listen to Ma..The milk itself will not hurt per say but if he..Thinks..They need milk, put it in a pan or bucket for them. But i myself would cut them off the milk. Have they been wormed? You can add some other Sweet Feed or a bit of Corn to bump up their feed intake for weight gain.He can continue with the apples for treats if its not breaking the bank but can also back off if free choice feed is there.


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They are there for you guys to enjoy and really no need for fighting. There is a great write up on..Whitetail Deer Farmer i believe about raising fawns that you can show your other half and kinda ease the point in that...You are right on this one... Worming is huge with whitetails.

Whitetail Sanctuary Dec 19th 2014 04:09 PM



Worm em and cut the tit!* :o


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Tell him he's gonna be like the gal on the Cover of the Tabloid...............Still breast feeding her 9 yr old!! :blink:


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Who's enjoying it more?? :D* :P* ;)* LOL

redgolds Dec 19th 2014 04:31 PM

Lmao!!!! That's just plain funny right there!!

Buteo4 Dec 19th 2014 06:01 PM

I tried that analogy Whitetail Sanctuary! He said that was ridiculous as at that age the child would be getting milk in a glass from the store! I seriously think he thinks they will die if we stop giving them milk!

Bell Dec 19th 2014 08:38 PM

Mix more water with the milk until it is plain water. Sprinkle dry milk powder on the feed.

redgolds Dec 20th 2014 05:02 PM

Bell, I think the first question that arises would be, are they eating feed at all yet? If not, taking the milk away might starve them of what they are getting from the milk

redgolds Dec 20th 2014 05:03 PM

Apples alone is not enough to keep them alive


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