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Old Jun 28th 2011, 09:51 AM   #1
  Jan 2010
  New Matamoras, OH
Question on bottle feeding fawns. Have talked to different farmers about what they feed, it varies from place to place. I would like to hear the opinions from everyone on the amount of milk you are feeding. How much do you increase , is it per day, etc? At what point do you stop, how many ounces, or do you continue to a certain point (8-10 weeks?) before you wean?

I have heard of some farms feeding as much as 25-30 ounces to a fawn per feeding in the end. Some feed until the fawn walks away full.

Would you cut the fawns off at a certain point on the bottle to steer them towards grain?

I feed Rick's plan for the most part with a few variations. Just interested in what everyone else tries. Thanks for the help.
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Old Jun 28th 2011, 06:49 PM   #2
  Feb 2011
Hey MarkR,

This intrigues me. I stop at 14 oz but not sure why. I guess I'm a little scared of loose stool and feel a fawn that isn't stuffed probably feels a little better. Is this wrong??

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Old Jun 28th 2011, 07:47 PM   #3
  Jun 2011
  Darden, TN
For the first 2 wks, we feed every 4-6 hrs. Now that she is over 2 wks old,

we are giving 8 oz every 8 hrs. And we are going to start giving solid food.

But we are only following directions on a bag of unimilk. We are following

directions for a goat on the package. According to their direction, you don't ever go over 8 oz. Because you start to give solid food along with the milk.

But, heh, this is our first time. So what do I know.
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Old Jun 28th 2011, 08:04 PM   #4
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

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I feed red cap milk. All they want three times a day and have had no problems. My bottle feds are healthier and bigger than mother fed fawns on my farm.
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Old Jun 28th 2011, 08:06 PM   #5
  Jan 2011
  Barnett Mo
this is a feeding chart we got from another deer farmer its been the best year yet Nick
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Old Jun 28th 2011, 10:57 PM   #6
  May 2010
  Kinmundy Illinois
I use the same chart as above or pretty close any way, I never go over 12-14oz red cap 3 times a day. When they get around 8-9 week's cut back to 2 times, ween at 12 week's. I feel the more milk I give them as they get older the less feed that they will eat so I keep the milk cut back when they are eating solid food well. Just depends on the fawn.
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Old Jun 29th 2011, 03:23 AM   #7
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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That is rick brownings feeding program!!Seems alot of farms has taken it over and mabey made a change or two. Thanks again rick from many of us that you have helped stay on the right track and grow healthy fawns!!!
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Old Jun 29th 2011, 07:52 AM   #8
  Jan 2010
  New Matamoras, OH
Thanks for the input from everyone.

Four Seasons,

I believe you're right , many follow Rick's program.

Question for Rick, if reading this, do you stop at 14 ounces or does it depend on the fawn?

Any other input from farmers would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Jun 29th 2011, 07:33 PM   #9
  Jun 2010
  Rush, Kentucky
Hi Mark,

We are feeding red cap. Last year i went by Ricks program, this year i am feeding them until they start to slow down and seem not as interested. My fawns this year are twice the size as last years fawns around this time!
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