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Old Apr 28th 2009, 04:22 PM   #1
  Apr 2009
I have a doe fawn, 9 months old. She is about 65 lbs. always been small, but recently began loosing weight. She is antisocial with the other 5 does in her pen. she is not eating feed, only browse as far as i can tell. Tomorrow I'm darting her to see if I can figure out what is up and administer some antibiotics. Other than an overall welness check, temp, etc. What can I do to figure out what is wrong with her?

She is a real good blooded south texas deer. Please, any help appreciated

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Old Apr 28th 2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009

Cervid: Deer
Was she new to the pen ...Do they pick on her and not let her eat...Is all your food in one area?
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Old Apr 28th 2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Madill, Oklahoma

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Sounds like Painted Meadows is n the right direction. This time of year the mature does start getting aggressive and will run the smaller ones off. Just a motherly instinct. Sounds like she got her butt whipped alittle, and is being shy now.
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Old Apr 28th 2009, 06:47 PM   #4
  Apr 2009
  Nowata, OK
F.B. I had them same problem with a few of mine. Try feeding in a couple of place in the pen. Also, Try putting something new in to her feed to build up an appetite.
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Old Apr 29th 2009, 05:32 AM   #5
  Apr 2009
She got really lethargic this morning, so I darted her with 1/2 cc xylazine 6:1 mix. she died about 30 minutes later. She was a lot worse than I thought. She still had all of her winter coat for some reason, and it hid her bones well. I drew blood for analysis. I have had her since Jan. not new to pen. Feed in several areas. She has always been more of a browser than a feed eater. I feel like she possibly didn't get the doses of wormer i had mixed on the corn.

Any ideas to possibly correct my human errors are welcomed.
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Old Apr 29th 2009, 07:55 AM   #6
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  Apr 2009
  Burlington, West Virginia

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Florida boy, don't blame yourself. Sometimes it's hard to cater to one deer, especially if it is not tame enough to let you examine it daily and administer medication. Mother nature also has her way at times. It sounds like you were trying to do the right things. Good luck to you, use this experience as a learning tool. Take care, Allen
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