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Old May 21st 2017, 10:28 AM   #1
 
  Nov 2012
  Brownton
Lost two fawns help

3rd year having fawns haven't lost any before and today I went to check and two where dead. Central Minnesota rained all day yesterday and was cold. They where in a shed with good bedding and out of the wind. Two more don't look to healthy gave them fawn gel and warmed them up in a towel. Any other help would be great. Thanks
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Old May 21st 2017, 11:12 AM   #2
 
  Jan 2010
bring them inside in a box for a couple hours
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Old May 21st 2017, 06:55 PM   #3
 
  Jan 2014
  MN
Bring them in house for a few hours to warm them up. Give them a cc of karo syrup orally.
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Old May 22nd 2017, 06:35 AM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
how old were the fawns that died and how old are the other ones that dont look good? JIM
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Old May 22nd 2017, 10:15 AM   #5
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  Jan 2013
  Cando, ND
I had also had 2 die. One a few days ago and one yesterday. These cold nights are hard on them and then throw in rain and you would be struggling to. Try to bring them inside is what I'm going to do if it gets to cold at night. Good luck
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Old May 22nd 2017, 11:24 AM   #6
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep
We have the same problem in Montana it rains and is cold with a North wind. Most of my bottle fawns come from this situation. If we don't bring them in they die from hypothermia. Our habitat in our pen just doesn't give the fawns the same chance of protection the wild ones have. The fawns just don't find cover quick enough to help themselves so we have to make them into bottle fawns if we want them to live.
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Old May 25th 2017, 06:35 AM   #7
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN
Give them 1/2cc of Draxxin, Sub-Q, when they're born.
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Old May 25th 2017, 07:54 AM   #8
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep
I don't know if this will work but we are in the process of putting in 55 gallon barrels in the birthing pen for protection for the fawns along the fence line. We are putting them in the ground so they don't move at a angle along the fence line. I think any idea that will protect them from the rain would help. Another idea I will try is a sheet of plywood 4 foot by four foot attached to the fence line with wire about eighteen inch's on the wire. Either one of these ideas might supply a fawn protection as they do walk the fence line.
Like I said pens just don't supply rain protection like fawns get in the wild because most pens are devoid of scrubs and trees.
Hypothermia is the cause of our losses so figure out a way to protect the new fawns from rain. If they are dry they can keep warm.
Sheds work great if the fawns are old enough to find them because when they find them at a week old or older they come to it when it rains. Fresh fawns don't know where to go for protection.

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Old May 25th 2017, 10:51 AM   #9
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  Jan 2013
  Cando, ND
I built a shelter similar to a calf shelter for this year. I have one fawn that always uses it but the others haven't figured it out yet so I will put them in there each time I go out there if I can.
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Old May 25th 2017, 12:37 PM   #10
 
  Apr 2009
shelters

heres what I make only cut one end out of barrel and put them back to back


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Old May 25th 2017, 02:31 PM   #11
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

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Jim,
That's what we are putting in right now and here I thought it was my idea. Guess great minds think alike. LOL
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Old May 25th 2017, 03:48 PM   #12
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  Jan 2013
  Cando, ND
Ive heard of this but with the barrel burried in the dirt so it won't blow away. How do you secure your barrel from rolling?
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Old May 25th 2017, 05:51 PM   #13
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  Apr 2009
  Cascade, Iowa

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I have been doing this for a few years, works great
I cut both ends out and tie a wire around the barrel to the fence
I tried Jim's way with only cutting one end out but they didn't go in as good
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Old May 25th 2017, 07:05 PM   #14
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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Yes best if tied to the fence. The fawns tend to walk along a fence and then find a place to lay down.
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Old May 25th 2017, 07:48 PM   #15
 
  Jan 2010
I cut barrels in half in the middle and cut a door big enough for them to get in...the cut end sets on the ground and you can push it into the ground a bit... haven't had wind issues yet. The ends stack together in a neat pile that tuck in a corner till the next spring
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