Apr 5th 2015, 10:45 AM
NJ, deer are kept in PA
mike, for me, I do what works from other farmers experiences. I have been "mentored" by a fellow farmer about 5 mins from me. He suggested colostrum for the first week of a fawns life. I followed his "program" and didn't loose any of the 4 fawns I bottle fed last year, also my first fawns ever bottle feeding. Red cap and colostrum for the first week. After that, strictly red cap milk. No major problems last year following his recommendations on feed so I'm not gonna change it until I see a reason to. The colostrum is only $5 a pint so it's not to bad. It's fresh, frozen colostrum from jersey cows at a local Amish store near me
My mentore has been farming deer since the mid 90's so he has the experience and knowledge so I put my trust in his time and efforts over the years.