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Old May 31st 2009, 12:41 PM   #1
 
  May 2009
I wonder if anyone can help me....another local deer farmer asked me to raise his babies this year (using Superior Milk Replacer at his cost). My question is : does anyone know what the reasonable rate would be to have me doing this for him? By the fawn or by the hour? I was thinking 3-5 dollars per day per fawn. Does that sound about right? Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old May 31st 2009, 01:34 PM   #2
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Depends on what the genetics are. 3-5 dollars per fawn for 100 days sounds average.
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Old May 31st 2009, 01:52 PM   #3
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I was joking about genetics, those are the ones that accidently die, then you start your own farm in fall.



There are some farms in Texas that make thier living on raising fawns, may wait on them to respond.
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Old May 31st 2009, 02:00 PM   #4
 
  May 2009
Thanks for all your input guys - keep it coming! I'll keep checking back for more opinions.
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Old May 31st 2009, 02:09 PM   #5
 
  Mar 2009
  Blairstown, LA
Raising fawns for someone else is a tough job. There are alot of issues to consider besides the fee. Do you have in writing the following issues?

1. Who will be responsible for death losses and under what conditions.

2. What will happen if the owner suddenly stops providing milk? Make sure you have a safety valve.

3. What happens if the fawns get sick? Who pays the vet bills?

4. How long will each fawn be cared for? When will they be returned to the owner.

5. When do you get paid.....along the way or at the time the fawn(s) are returned to the owner.

6. If the fawns die at 6-8 weeks of age will you be paid on a pro-rata basis, or will you get nothing?

7. What happens if you return a fawn(s) and they transmit a disease to the owner's herd?



I mention these issues because I have seen all of them occur. Most agreements are based on a handshake and good faith, but if I were going to invest 3 months of my life to raising someone else's fawn(s) I would want something in writing. The contract protects both of you and eliminates any mis-understandings. Good Luck
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Old May 31st 2009, 02:20 PM   #6
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Thanks Scott.
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Old May 31st 2009, 02:22 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
Here in Tx. the rate goes from $650-$750 and some get $1000. Half up front half on delivery. If fawn dies keep the first half. Milk is included in cost and they pay for big vet bills, Broken legs and so on. The everyday meds are included in the cost. If one comes in and dies in a week or a couple days no charge. Need to be on the same page as owner and have his full trust no guestions asked. If not let them raise em. ZZ
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Old May 31st 2009, 03:16 PM   #8
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  Mineral Point, MO
I have only raised a few fawns for others in the past but I plan on taking in around 15 to 20 fawns next year and I will be charging $800 per fawn Milk included in the cost and they pay for vet bills. The everyday meds are included in the cost. If fawn dies keep the first half. If one comes in and dies in a week or a couple days no charge.



I have been told by others that $800 is to much but for the time and stress that goes into it I think it is very fair. Not to mention I have anough interested I could probably get 30+ fawns at that price if I wanted.
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Old May 31st 2009, 05:22 PM   #9
 
  Apr 2009
  Landisburg, PA
I am doing some feeding for a local farmer because he doesnt have time. I am doing at no cost because i really just want to do a deed and i want the experience (Only my 2nd year bottle feeding). If i were to charge, i would charge $5-$8. There is lots of time spent, and patients when bottle raising these babies. Good Luck!
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Old May 31st 2009, 05:27 PM   #10
 
  Apr 2009
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Thats a real good deed drew. He should really appreciate that!
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Old May 31st 2009, 05:41 PM   #11
 
  Apr 2009
  Landisburg, PA
Yea he has done stuff for me so i will do in return for anyone. That is just how i am. I will be giving and recieving so it will be good for both. Good Luck again guys!
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Old Jun 2nd 2009, 04:32 AM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  Brookshire, Texas
I charge $950/fawn, with a signed contract covering all the issues discussed in this thread. My profit, after milk, probiotics, meds, all of the inputs, when I estimate the number of hours I spend in the pens with each fawn for 90+/- days, is $.28/hour.
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Old Jun 2nd 2009, 01:13 PM   #13
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robbie i agree to do it right lots of time lots of stress i have had lots of people ask us to do it i priced some @ 500. for 90 days the tought that was a lot but the when the see my babies and they are truely dog tame they think its way to cheap just ask edwin ropp took one of my girls up to get bred this past fall he could sit on her back and ride her off trailer he could n't believe it i'am firm believer in u get what u pay for but just my thoughts W/S " JUST LIVIN THE DREAM"
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Old Jun 2nd 2009, 05:00 PM   #14
 
  Apr 2009
  Landisburg, PA
Robbie, I have a fawn that was sucking on my finger when i pulled it and tryed giving it the bottle. It just sits there with it in its mouth. I was wondering what for tricks you may have up your sleeve? I appreciate it!!
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Old Jun 2nd 2009, 05:24 PM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Mexico, MO
I think a price should be based on how experienced or how good the person bottle feeding the fawn is.
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