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Old May 31st 2015, 01:05 PM   #1
 
  Aug 2014
  Groton SD
I recently went and got some bottle fawns. They had all been eating good before picking them up. Only a 4 hour ride home in back seat of truck. Three were great other two were almost like they were paralized wanting to stretch out straight. Tried to get them to eat and even doctered them but they died in the night. What did I do wrong so this dosent happen again?
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Old May 31st 2015, 06:01 PM   #2
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Wow not good! So how did they act on they way home? I mean were they stressed out during the trip? 4 hours inside a truck for a bottlefed should be a cake walk. Some stress more than others but you should have been able to see them and their actions. Did you spend any kind of time with them where you picked them up before you left?
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Old May 31st 2015, 10:14 PM   #3
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Sure sounds like heat stroke.* Were the two that died*in the sun on the way home.* If so they got to hot maybe.* Best thought I have at this time.
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Old Jun 1st 2015, 05:33 AM   #4
 
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Old Jun 1st 2015, 01:07 PM   #5
 
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  Groton SD


They whined most of the way home and it was rainy and cool so I don't think they got hot. One acted like it got hiccups just before we got home. it just must have been the stress. it was just strange how they stiffened up and wanted to streach .
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Old Jun 1st 2015, 02:38 PM   #6
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Chris *Things happen and sometimes cant be explained! *Come back and get two more, I always make things right! *JIM




Jim, Were these bottle babies out in the rain-weather before this fella took them? *The reason i ask is i had one taken over last night by the rain and 40 degree temps. I found him and all he would do was blaht and stretch like he says his did? This guy just kept stretching out his neck and front legs and i mean stiff straight. He was as good as dead when i found him but i rushed him in and between the hair dryer warming him fast and all day today in a crib with blankets and 2 heating pads he is starting to come around but still wants to stretch. He has had a small dose of Draxxin, a half bag of *fluids under the skin an drinking warm milk and gatoraid for energy. *I think this guy is going to make it but he was so bad he now has to learn how to walk again. *He was headed to the light a couple times today but i believe/hope..I turned the light off.. *Good luck to you guys!
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Old Jun 2nd 2015, 05:46 AM   #7
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sorry to hear that Chris hope you get it figured out
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Old Jun 2nd 2015, 05:05 PM   #8
 
  May 2015
  KY


Hi Chris,


I'm terrible sorry about your loss and though I'm new to deer farming, I ran a humane society for several years and have been raising all kinds of livestock. The symptoms you describe sound like hypothermia if they were in the rain + stress. Seen many critters doing this stretching out legs and neck, anything from kittens, game birds, lambs, calves, chicks. All do the same, stiffening, stretching, kind of arching the neck back, eventually*unresponsive. All newborns incl. humans can't regulate their bodytemp. well and while we sweat they are freezing. Drop in core body temp. changes metabolism, affects the whole system and they can't absorb nutrition to say it in short. Is it possible that they had gotten wet/cold and maybe draft in truck? There is info on www.hypothermia.org/animalhypo.htm, but maybe it was something else yet. Again sorry about this.
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Old Jun 2nd 2015, 07:35 PM   #9
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Hi Chris,


I'm terrible sorry about your loss and though I'm new to deer farming, I ran a humane society for several years and have been raising all kinds of livestock. The symptoms you describe sound like hypothermia if they were in the rain + stress. Seen many critters doing this stretching out legs and neck, anything from kittens, game birds, lambs, calves, chicks. All do the same, stiffening, stretching, kind of arching the neck back, eventually*unresponsive. All newborns incl. humans can't regulate their bodytemp. well and while we sweat they are freezing. Drop in core body temp. changes metabolism, affects the whole system and they can't absorb nutrition to say it in short. Is it possible that they had gotten wet/cold and maybe draft in truck? There is info on www.hypothermia.org/animalhypo.htm, but maybe it was something else yet. Again sorry about this.




This was likely the case. Mine was so bad that he had to learn how to walk all over again. He was at deaths door without a doubt. This guy still acts weird so i am not sure if he had the blood cut off to his brain or what but he still has not stopped chewing in over 24 hours, its like he has a piece of gum in his mouth!
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Old Jun 3rd 2015, 08:27 AM   #10
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