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Old Sep 5th 2016, 08:57 PM   #1
 
  Sep 2009
  Ormond Beach, Fl.


Have been bottle feeding fawns now for about ten seasons and for the most part done pretty well. I*usually start with a 50/50 mix of milk replacer and red cap milk and by their* 5th or 6th week it's*100% red cap and free choice pelleted deer food (no molasses)*with some alfalfa leaves.*Occasionally I*will give them some diced up fresh carrots, sweet potatoes and apples by hand or mixed in with their pellet food. They have been raised in the same grassy pen. This year we seemed to have more of a problem with weaning them and the runs. The first thing I did was to stop the milk and give the sick ones*electrolytes with some pumpkin, probiotics and/or Pepto- Bismol for a few days until it cleared up. I noticed that they were "rooting" in the grass*just like hogs. I know fawns need to eat some dirt once in a while for their rumen.*I don't mean an occasional nibbling of the grass blades but really digging down in the soil for long periods of time.


*No more than one fawn at a time had*the runs*and it was not the really foul smelling stuff. There was a lot of clear mucous in it. Each fawn seemed to take their turn getting it then recover only to get again a couple of weeks later. Thus the "roller coaster!" Finally they all got well and weaned about the same time and it was time to put them in a larger pen with the does. Within a week they all had the runs again! They are all eating the same food and water. All of the does and the one momma fed fawn*are just fine. They all*have a good appetite though somewhat lethargic. The strangest thing now is that they have become a little thin but have swollen stomachs. I have never seen this scenario before. I think there might be a problem with worms and I'm concerned that the worming meds might be too much for them at this time. I know that the worms can kill then too. What would you do?
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Old Sep 6th 2016, 05:38 AM   #2
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  Oct 2009
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Have been bottle feeding fawns now for about ten seasons and for the most part done pretty well. I*usually start with a 50/50 mix of milk replacer and red cap milk and by their* 5th or 6th week it's*100% red cap and free choice pelleted deer food (no molasses)*with some alfalfa leaves.*Occasionally I*will give them some diced up fresh carrots, sweet potatoes and apples by hand or mixed in with their pellet food. They have been raised in the same grassy pen. This year we seemed to have more of a problem with weaning them and the runs. The first thing I did was to stop the milk and give the sick ones*electrolytes with some pumpkin, probiotics and/or Pepto- Bismol for a few days until it cleared up. I noticed that they were "rooting" in the grass*just like hogs. I know fawns need to eat some dirt once in a while for their rumen.*I don't mean an occasional nibbling of the grass blades but really digging down in the soil for long periods of time.


*No more than one fawn at a time had*the runs*and it was not the really foul smelling stuff. There was a lot of clear mucous in it. Each fawn seemed to take their turn getting it then recover only to get again a couple of weeks later. Thus the "roller coaster!" Finally they all got well and weaned about the same time and it was time to put them in a larger pen with the does. Within a week they all had the runs again! They are all eating the same food and water. All of the does and the one momma fed fawn*are just fine. They all*have a good appetite though somewhat lethargic. The strangest thing now is that they have become a little thin but have swollen stomachs. I have never seen this scenario before. I think there might be a problem with worms and I'm concerned that the worming meds might be too much for them at this time. I know that the worms can kill then too. What would you do?




I would test for Ecoli first. Do a Fecal Float.
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Old Sep 6th 2016, 08:35 PM   #3
 
  May 2015
  KY


Don't know about the "roller coaster" problem, but a vet once told me to always de-worm even if an animal is in bad health. Whatever possible worms the little ones might have will get the nutrition that the fawns should get plus can cause damage in the digestive tract and compromises their immune system. Maybe try a gentle de-wormer, like safe guard. As part of my rotation of de-wormer I use the alfalfa pellets labeled for cattle, hand feed a teaspoon full to those that eat from hand. Mix some into a small amount of feed or feed it straight. I get it at TSC, a pound bag, very cheap goes very far (by body weight) and you can't really overdose.


Regarding the rooting around. Could they have a mineral deficiency of some sort? Just wondering....


Hope you figure out what's wrong. and they all will be well!!
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