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Old Jun 2nd 2012, 07:07 AM   #16
 
  Apr 2012
  Le Center MN
We had same thing try stimulate rear while the fawn has nipple in mouth. Put another fawn in with this one and mix half teaspoon of sugar with half cup of warm water put in syringe no needle and slowly give it in corner of mouth. We did this and our fawn was eating great within hours Go figure.
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Old Jun 2nd 2012, 09:00 AM   #17
 
  May 2009
  Northwest Illinois
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We had same thing try stimulate rear while the fawn has nipple in mouth. Put another fawn in with this one and mix half teaspoon of sugar with half cup of warm water put in syringe no needle and slowly give it in corner of mouth. We did this and our fawn was eating great within hours Go figure.


Good idea Charlie. I had forgotten about that. Stimulating their rear end can help because it is duplicating exactly what happens when mom is feeding them. We have used this trick before with some success as well.

Hey - Gotta try all the tricks you can, cause there is not one trick that works for all, but all have one that will work for them.
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Old Jun 2nd 2012, 09:45 AM   #18
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  Apr 2009
  Russell, MN

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a doe grunt does wonders too for the hard ones. it takes 2 people for some of those tough ones....one to grunt and wipe and the other to keep the nipple in the mouth. also try covering the eyes. that has worked many times for me.
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Old Jun 3rd 2012, 05:42 AM   #19
 
  Apr 2009
  Central Illinois
I will dip my finger in milk and put it in fawns mouth. If it won't suck your finger try rubbing the roof of its mouth until its sucking hard. I pull it out and try it again until it is sucking my finger every time I put it in. After a bit I will slip the nipple in and usually they will start sucking. I also use nipples that are older to start fawns with. They are usually streched out and softer. I also make sure the milk is warm enough. Fawns like milk 101 degrees are so. I had a friend that was having trouble and we noticed the milks temp was luke warm. Stuck it back in a hot water bath until it felt warm(not to hot to touch but verly warm) to me and tried it again and they took it. Also you might try holding it the first time you feed.Iv'e seen some respond better as it feels more secure. Keep the area quiet without distractions. I swear I had one that couldn't tolerate any noise at first when feeding or it would freeze up and head for cover. Rick
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 01:55 PM   #20
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  Sep 2010
  Indiana

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I hope this saves somebody the time I have spent on a trouble fawn. She is now three weeks old. We pulled her off the mom at 1day and started bottle feeding, all types of nipples and she would not suck. She would suck a handful of sucks and quit. I sometimes got the impression that maybe the milk bothered her stomach. It would take me an hour to get her bottle down her and on me. We lost our best fawn to pneumonia I sure didn't want to lose our 2nd best. After 10 days I put her back out and hoped someone would take her. If she was going to die it wasnt going to be trying to bottle feed her. I left her out for 2 days. I did see her nurse off a doe the first day. The second I wasnt sure. I brought her back in and she nursed (actually sucked) the bottle for a day and a half, AND THEN she went down hill quickly. She bloated and was like a limp rag. I pulled her off milk and started her on pepto/activated charcoal, ringers and honey. Over the night she was extremely better. However when i started her back on milk she started getting gassy. Early on she was not gassy. We feed zoologic and I had already tried goats milk. This time I put her on red cap. This is our second season for fawns and I felt I needed to talk to someone that feeds hundreds of fawns. I called the gals at Applecreek and we came to the conclusion to start her on gas drops. She suggested gas x. I found lactase drops and gripe water (never heard of it). So the next feeding I gave her 2cc of gripe water before the bottle and 4 drops of lactase in the bottle. She mouthed 8 oz right down and was acting better in minutes. Hopefully she will start sucking soon.
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 05:15 PM   #21
 
  Aug 2010
  Illinois
Goat's milk and pumpkin always fixed my girl... But Gas-x does wonders for my dog. You can buy Infant Gas drops at Walmart (they are in liquid form). Good stuff!
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 08:42 PM   #22
 
  May 2011
  Sparta, MI
What is gripe water??? And where do you find that & lactase? Also, does the honey help bloat? That is what I am having problems with---whenever she drinks her milk, she seems to bloat up. I decreased the milk (& added water & yogurt), but still hear swishing in her stomach. Appetite is also decreasing due to the "fullness" of her stomach, I think. Any suggestions anyone?
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Old Jun 14th 2012, 09:39 AM   #23
 
  Aug 2010
  Illinois
I would cut the milk with water if you think it's too strong. What type of milk are you giving her? Get some infant gas-x in her.
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Old Jul 1st 2012, 09:32 AM   #24
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  Sep 2010
  Indiana

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Nothing seemed to work on this fawn!! Conclusion is the fawn is doing great, but I had to move one of my tamest does that I had seen her fawn nursing off another doe in the barn and put her in a stall. This fawn started nursing right away. Left them inside for about a week and turned them out with some yearlings that had fawned and she goes from each doe and nurses just fine. Needless to say it always happens to the best she is 0064 over Poncho.
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