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Old Aug 4th 2017, 02:15 PM   #1
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  Aug 2017
  The South
Don't know what's wrong with fawn

We noticed our fawn had started to lose hair on her face two or so weeks ago. She had a cut on her ear which grew into what you see in the attachment. We've had her since around the end of May when she was a couple of weeks old.

We fed her goats milk at first, then transitioned to cows milk, sometimes mixed with water, but recently not. She refused drinking out of a bottle, but drank from a bowl or bucket which is what we've been doing. When we noticed the hair loss, we changed her diet to include apples, grapes, and berries. We bought deer feed but she doesn't seem to eat it.

She prefers milk and will head butt and nibble us trying to get it. She will eat the fruit at first but start to refuse it and only want milk, so within the past day I've only given her fruit. She always finishes it by the time I come back to feed her again. I'll feed her milk later as to not stress her out.

The cuts on the left side of her face happened today. Since she drinks from a bucket I thought that the milk that gets on her may cause the hair loss, but it hadn't waned. What worries us the most is her right eye, we aren't sure if it's infected or what to do. I've noticed yellow jackets in the container that I leave her fruit in. Could they be stinging her? What causing the hair loss? The problem with her right eye?
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Old Aug 4th 2017, 05:01 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2010
looks like she has bounced off the fence and snagged herself on it, how big of an enclosure is she in? fawns lose hair when stressed
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Old Aug 6th 2017, 01:06 PM   #3
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  Aug 2017
  The South
Probably around 100 Sq ft.
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Old Aug 7th 2017, 02:14 PM   #4
 
  Aug 2017
  texas
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I raise and release fawns as a wildlife rehabber in my state. Take her off the cows milk immediately. Put her back on goats milk or a goat milk powder mix you can purchase at a feed store. Cows milk will make her sick and may lead to the scours or bloat which is deadly in fawns. The mother will let them drink milk up until 4 months. Slowly, give her fruit and vegs back but make milk her first choice until she decides otherwise. The hair loss could be a lot of things but putting her back on the correct diet should help.

Good Luck,
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Old Aug 7th 2017, 09:47 PM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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I raise and release fawns as a wildlife rehabber in my state. Take her off the cows milk immediately. Put her back on goats milk or a goat milk powder mix you can purchase at a feed store. Cows milk will make her sick and may lead to the scours or bloat which is deadly in fawns. The mother will let them drink milk up until 4 months. Slowly, give her fruit and vegs back but make milk her first choice until she decides otherwise. The hair loss could be a lot of things but putting her back on the correct diet should help.

Good Luck,
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However I hope people who read this do not get the impression feeding cows milk is bad for fawns. That it would cause any of these issues or kill a fawn. Because that is absolutely wrong and is not doing anyone any favors by spreading that kind of information.
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Old Aug 8th 2017, 05:08 AM   #6
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  Jul 2017
  Fostoria, Ohio
I feed my fawns good old Red Cap Vitamin D Milk right from the Grocery store. The same one I would eat with my cereal every morning. They prefer theirs to be warm though. Cant say I like eating warm Cheerios so I'll stick with mine being cold. LOL
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Old Aug 8th 2017, 07:24 AM   #7
 
  Jan 2010
I have raised quite a few fawns on store bought milk, just make sure you don't overfeed them on milk is the big issue. Plenty of fresh black dirt to eat too
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Old Sep 9th 2017, 02:20 PM   #8
 
  Mar 2016
  Roosevelt mn USA
I have fed many many gallons of milk straight from the cow 0 issues
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Old Sep 12th 2017, 07:44 PM   #9
 
  May 2015
  KY
Looks to me like she hits the fence or rubs on it to cause the hair loss and cuts. If you're worried about her eye just apply some triple antibiotic ointment, the stuff for humans, OTC, WITHOUT pain relief in it. You could apply it to the cuts and bald spots too. Any possible infection or irritation would be cleared up with that in a day or two. I use it myself if I get irritation from dust etc. Does not burn or hurt at all. To prevent yellow jackets I'd give her only small amounts of fruit and maybe bread, cucumber, zucchini, squash so she gobbles it up right away and bugs don't have a chance to get on it. Regular cow milk is just fine. I read from many farmers that they raise their fawns on red cap milk and I switched to it, added a little pumpkin to each bottle. Works fine, no issues unless fed too much. Very convenient and so much cheaper than replacer of any kind. Bovine meds and supplies are very suitable for deer. But it would be about time to wean the little girl, wouldn't it?
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