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Old Feb 8th 2016, 02:05 PM   #1
  Aug 2010

I have a doe fawn from this year that is pulling all her hair out. She is getting so bad its down to the skin and i don't know what is causing her to do it. I am looking for any suggestions on what i should do to help her.*
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Old Feb 8th 2016, 03:40 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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I have been in deer for over 20 years. During that time I have had one here or there that had a patch of hair pulled or chewed off also. Right now I have one who has a substantial amount of hair pulled off.

Over the years I have read many thoughts on this. Never have actually gotten a real answer to the problem. Yesterday I darted some deer and the one who has a large amount of hair missing went over by a deer that was sleeping and started pulling hair out and chewing it up like she was eating some great tasting hay. It was the craziest thing I have seen in a long time.

Many feel something is missing from the diet. I say bull crap because why don't the rest of the herd have that issue then. I would like to know what the answer is though myself.
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Old Feb 9th 2016, 05:48 PM   #3
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  May 2009
  St. Ignace, Northern Michigan

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I have this again this year also. In my book I put the reason for this behavior in deer. I had this problem years ago from a tame doe and tried* every thing and ended up putting her away. Last year I had a doe doing this to fawns but not as bad as the earlier* one. This winter I have her yearling doe doing it to my smallest bottle fed fawn . I believe this is being passed down in this bloodline . Is there a answer ,no we haven't** found a solid solution and may never be able figure it out. Unlike the doe years ago that* pulled out her own hair and anybody that would stand still for her,* these recent ones* are not pulling

out their own. After 28 years raising deer and trying hot pepper , nerve pills and many other concoctions , I think it is a* nerve condition that happens in a few rare deer. Some day somebody will find the answer and a solution. Being a deer farmer you can be sure to expect the unexpected as It will happen.
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