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Old Apr 4th 2011, 10:22 AM   #1
 
  May 2010
  Glasgow, ky
I have a buck fawn that's really skinny with the scours. This is been going on for about a week now. Should I give him any meds or isolate him? If so what would you give him? He's eating but still losing weight, I woud guess he's down to about 80lbs. I changed their feed about 3 weeks ago and wormed them 2 weeks ago. Any help would be appreiciated!
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Old Apr 4th 2011, 12:07 PM   #2
 
  Aug 2010
  Illinois
I give mine crushed pumpkin (just plain), and also give her a bunch of browse (leaves, branches) and good quality hay. This usually works to harden her stool when it gets loose (like it is right now). Her stool sample revealed no significant amounts of parasites or bacteria, etc. I know that Vets do prescribe Albon when the coccidia bacteria are overabundant, but I couldn't tell you more specifically what should be done. You might want to try searching the forum for the many posts on this topic.
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Old Apr 4th 2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Pokeweed you have to get a fecal sample to the vet before you can attack his problem.Worming and feed change i would not think would mess him up that bad.I had one last year with what sounds like yurs and she came from a wet farm and she had coccidiosis.Treated the whole herd with corrid but she was still loose.I ended up putting 3cc penn right down her throat to kill what was in her gut.Good thing is it kills the bad bacteria.Bad thing it also kills the good!!!Make sure to give probotics to get their gut back in order.Mine was a do or die thing,she was bad.Hopeful your wont make it that far but first thing is get a sample to yur vet.Good luck!!
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 07:08 AM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Williamsport, PA
Mike is right. The fecal will answer many of your questions if it is parasites. If the test comes back negative. A "tune-up" of shots and some probiotic paste of some kind would be in order.



When changing feeds and worming at the same time a large number of your animals will handle the transition without any problems however it is not uncommon to have an animal or two that does not transition well for whatever reason. Sometimes the change coupled with stress is enough to set them off.
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 12:52 PM   #5
 
  Aug 2010
  Illinois
I gave my doe fawn a bunch of oak tree branches w/ dried up leaves and her stool is perfect today.
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 02:24 PM   #6
 
  Nov 2010
  Frankfort MI
I have heard mature oak is poisonous . I could be wrong. how can you find out?
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 04:18 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
I hope not my pen is full of them. My deer love oak leaves and acorns they eat them all the time.
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 06:06 PM   #8
 
  Aug 2010
  Illinois
dearjohn, thank you for this warning. I had NO idea. I just read this on www.wikipedia.org, and according to them, what you heard may be right.



Toxicity



The leaves and acorns of the oak tree are poisonous to cattle, horses, sheep, and goats in large amounts due to the toxin tannic acid, and cause kidney damage and gastroenteritis. Additionally, once livestock have a taste for the leaves and acorns, they may seek them out. Symptoms of poisoning include lack of appetite, depression, constipation, diarrhea (which may contain blood), blood in urine, and colic. The exception to livestock and oak toxicity is the domestic pig, which may be fed entirely on acorns in the right conditions, and has traditionally been pastured in oak woodlands (such as the Spanish dehesa and the English system of pannage) for hundreds of years. Acorns are also edible to humans in processed form, after leaching of the tanins. They are a staple part of the forage consumed by wildlife, including squirrels and jays.

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Old Apr 5th 2011, 06:48 PM   #9
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope not we have been feeding ours leaves and acorns each fall for about 4 years now!
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 07:33 PM   #10
 
  Feb 2011
  Cameron, TX
Wild deer eat acorns all the time, as well as wild turkeys. Any hunter knows to hunt near an acorn tree if he can find one.
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 07:57 PM   #11
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

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Who ever wrote that was looking at the bottom of a Jack Daniels bottle. My deer get fat on acorns every year. I have been known to pour them out for bait when no one was looking.
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Old Apr 5th 2011, 08:01 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  pa
I agree wont hurt!! a deers rumen can handle leaves and acorns, wild deer here on my farm will search out and eat every one they can find!!! Puts on fat for winter.



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Old Apr 5th 2011, 08:08 PM   #13
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Wayne mabey thats why your yearlings have a bunch of stumps comin out of their head already..You have been giving them poison!!!
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Old Apr 6th 2011, 03:46 AM   #14
 
  Nov 2010
  Frankfort MI
I said oak not acorns.deer are browsers and in the wild ,they know when to move on.
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Old Apr 6th 2011, 10:32 AM   #15
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Dear John



Sorry, I should have been more clear. I meant the guy who wrote the wikipedia article must have been drinking. His article specifies leaves and acorns. My deer eat both on a regular basis if available.
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