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Old Sep 12th 2017, 06:30 AM   #1
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  Jul 2017
  Fostoria, Ohio
Chickens in with deer.

I am a new deer farmer this year, and have started off with 3 doe fawns. we bottle feed one of them and she was raised along side of a turkey that my wife had purchased. The turkey runs along side of the deer today. They all 4 sleep together and eat together. My question is since now I have added a second deer pen would anyone see any harm with letting our chickens run wild in the deer pen as well? I was thinking of positioning the chicken coupe up next to the fence and have a small hole in fence that is connected to the coupe so the chickens could still get inside of chicken coupe. Leaving the coupe outside of the deer pen. Just thought I would ask before I might make a rookie mistake. LOL

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Old Sep 12th 2017, 07:36 AM   #2
 
  Jan 2010
I wouldnt at all
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Old Sep 12th 2017, 07:52 AM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Russell, MN

Cervid: Whitetails
I've had my chickens with deer for 4 years now, they have a great relationship. The deer actually prefer to be with the chickens because fewer bugs, the chickens could care less about the deer. Last summer, we had the does with their fawns running the chicken pen and they preferred the chicken pen, which is a large high fenced pen with all my separate chicken pens/coops since I have to lock all chickens up every night but free range the big pen during the day. I bottle fed for the first time in several years and those fawns were with chickens since they were a couple of weeks old and still are.

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Old Sep 12th 2017, 08:04 AM   #4
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  Jan 2013
  Cando, ND
I think they can transfer a disease to your deer
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Old Sep 12th 2017, 08:45 AM   #5
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I haven't seen one disease since they have co mingled....and we have a lot of deer and I have alot of chickens. so I'm assuming if some disease would pop up from having them together, it would have happened by now.
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Old Sep 12th 2017, 09:20 AM   #6
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I would of thought so to. I just wasn't going to take the chance I guess
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Old Sep 12th 2017, 12:27 PM   #7
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

Cervid: deer
It has long been known poultry of all kinds carry many diseases some of which can make deer sick or even kill them. Ecoli and salmonella are two that come to mind. That said, some folks have not had problems, or at least have not realized a problem existed associated with poultry around their deer.
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Old Sep 12th 2017, 01:30 PM   #8
 
  Apr 2017
  Linden, AL
We had a few peacocks that would come in and out of our pens as they wanted to. I was constantly having to clean the feed troughs out because of the peacock crap. I didn't notice any difference in the overall health of the deer. But it was a heck of an inconvenience to me.
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Old Sep 12th 2017, 05:56 PM   #9
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep
I have a big problem with wild geese and starlings. They eat in my feeders and drink in my waters. They poop all over everything. The problem is they are causing TB reactors at some times of the year. Then the Feds have to come and find out is it bird TB or cattle TB. The blood tests have not shown any reactors in the whitetail and elk. But the skin test for mule deer always do. It is always bird TB so we have started to kill all the starlings ( shot over 500 last spring) we can and have taken down all the goose nester's from the ponds. It doesn't hurt that I have a neighbor that has waged war on the geese and has killed many of them when they go to his pond. Raccoon's have killed most eggs they laid here so not many geese stay here now. So problem will be solved one way or the other. We now like the shoot, shovel, shut up method.
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Old Sep 14th 2017, 04:46 AM   #10
 
  Jul 2010
  Grand Rapids, MI
Jack, if you have problems with starlings try using these reflective ribbons attached to a tall pole or something of that sort. Fruit farms in Michigan use it when their crops are close to harvest, it keeps birds a good distance away.

https://www.amazon.com/Bird-X-Irri-T...NK040DCG419XBJ
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Old Sep 14th 2017, 06:54 PM   #11
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A little bit of lead works better
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Old Sep 14th 2017, 07:14 PM   #12
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Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep
410 shot gun is the best all the grand children shoot one here on the ranch. It's a game here best has been 17 with one shot.
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Old Sep 14th 2017, 07:30 PM   #13
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Holy crap. You must have tons of them to shoot that many in 1 shot. Oh I got my penicillin today to.

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