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Old Nov 23rd 2010, 09:37 AM   #1
 
  Nov 2010
  Casey, IL
What kind of protein requiremets are needed for pet does, I have gotten conflicking reports from a couple of local deer guys that have just a handfull of deer. She is in a pen I've been told that is large enough for 4-5 deer she has acorns, clover, chickory, blackberry patches and plenty of other browse, and I am suplementing a feed mixed at a local feed mill that consists of corn, oats and linseed pellets that runs about 12% protein. This is the same mix that one oter local guy has used for years on his does in the same type of pen with no apparent problems, The other guy I know feed high protein, but just because he feeds his does the same as his bucks. but I want to make sure that I'm not just taking one guys word and would like a broader opinion.





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Old Nov 23rd 2010, 10:08 AM   #2
 
  Apr 2009
  Clanton, Alabama
Harley we feed 14% protein but I think that the 12% you or feeding will be fine.



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Old Nov 23rd 2010, 10:52 AM   #3
 
  Nov 2010
  Casey, IL
I apreciate the response Joe, any other nutritional supliments I have over looked I forgot to mention there is a protein block in there that is around 30% I think and a mineral block but she hasn't botherd either of the 2 I figure having those would be kind of a checks and balance system if she starts hitting them hard I will know she's lacking something. Is this assumption correct?
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Old Nov 23rd 2010, 11:01 AM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Zanesville, Ohio
If the block doesn't get any use you are correct in assuming she is getting what she needs.
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Old Nov 23rd 2010, 07:43 PM   #5
 
  Jul 2010
  Waynesboro, Pa 17268
Balance diet is the key! Ive tried many different blocks in our pens and have never had a deer touch them. Start with a good pellet it will be @ 75% of there diet.
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Old Nov 24th 2010, 05:50 AM   #6
 
  Nov 2010
  Casey, IL
she barely touches the feed, she came from a pen that was down to bare dirt and the only time she got greens was snack time. She has so many greens now she thinks it's snack time all the time, I even got some feed she was used to from her previous owner and she still doesn't want much. And I don't think it's stress, everytime I go into the pen she runs up like a dog and licks me in the face. And she doesn't look skinny like she not getting enough neutrients.
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Old Nov 24th 2010, 03:46 PM   #7
 
  Oct 2009
  Rush, NY
If she's not eating the feed or a mineral block it's because she doesn't need it. For now she's getting everything she needs from the greens. Continue to keep the feed accessable to her. When the greens get a good freeze on them they may not be as tasty to her. As long as she looks healthy and is happy I wouldn't worry at all.



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