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Old Apr 18th 2009, 10:59 AM   #1
 
  Apr 2009
  Lake Bronson, MN
I have been bottle feeding my fawns since 1992 with various degrees of success. I have found that goat's milk works the best for me. However, I will be unable to get any goat's milk this year. For those of you have successfully raised bottle-fed fawns, what types of milk powders have worked best?
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Cascade, Iowa

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We have been using Land-O-Lakes kid replacer.
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 11:28 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Lake Bronson, MN
Would you recommend Land-o-Lakes kid replacer over deer-specific milk replacers such as Zoologic or Fox Valley?
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 12:13 PM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Landisburg, PA
This year i am using Fox Valley and i know many farmers who have had awsome success with it. Thats just my opinion. Good Luck!
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 12:57 PM   #5
 
  Apr 2009
  Ewing, Illinois
I have used Zoologic for the last 2 years. I go mostly by the directions in the box and move them to 3 times a day as fast as I can. I have never had any problems with loose stool. I have a small farm, and I have only raised 8 fawns on the bottle but I won't use anything else. Also, Dr. Shipley has some good fawn guidelines on the Illinois deer farmers site that is very helpful. http://www.ildfa.com/
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 04:27 PM   #6
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
I will be using regular red cap (store bought) pasturized milk this year....the Millers (RDM Wildbunch Whitetails) did it last year and had the healthiest fawns they have ever had to date....now they also did feed the fawns all they could eat and they said they turned out to be the biggest...healthiest and earliest weaning fawns they ever have had!
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 05:00 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
I have used kid milk replacer and lamb milk replacer both seem to work fine no problems, but this year i'm also going yo try cow milk to see if i can increase my fawn size.
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 06:32 PM   #8
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  Apr 2009
  Burlington, West Virginia

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Red cap milk mixed with 1/5 the ammount of Sav-A-Kid milk replacer you would normally mix in water does very well.
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 06:46 PM   #9
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  Apr 2009
  PA

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Yes...We are going to ... Red cap milk for two to three weeks than powder replacer added slow.
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 07:03 PM   #10
 
  Apr 2009
  Nowata, OK
We will be using Fox Valley again this year. Last years fawns are the biggest that we have ever had. Most are bigger than the does from the previous year. It is a great product. Good luck to everyone this year with your fawns.
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 07:14 PM   #11
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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I used sav-a-caf Grade A ultra 24 last year, when i weaned the fawns they were about the same size as the mother fed ones, so i guess it did well. i am going to use the sav a caf goat kid replacer this year because I have a lot of fawns to feed this year and i can get it in 25lb. bags, and its cheaper.
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 07:39 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  Zanesville, Ohio
All this talk about red cap and now I think I am ready to try it. Has anyone used unpasturized milk straight from the farm?
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 07:49 PM   #13
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Yes Rusty I did use the unpasturized milk straight from my buddies farm....right out of the milk tank........it worked great and everything was fine....but I'm told you are living a little dangerously by doing this.....being it is unpasturized all it takes is one of the cows to have some type of sickness and you could wipe out your entire fawn herd for the year........I just can't live with that chance being out there........but otherwise like I said it did work ok for me last year.....
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Old Apr 18th 2009, 09:33 PM   #14
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  Apr 2009
  PA

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Johne's disease (pronounced "yo-knees") is why it needs pasturized.
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Old Apr 19th 2009, 05:29 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Zanesville, Ohio
Good point! A cropless year of fawns would be detrimental to the ability to afford feed in the future. Maybe pasturized is way to go.
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