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Old May 28th 2013, 01:32 PM   #1
 
  Apr 2013
  MN
Is it ok to just feed straight Red Cap milk to fawns?

I am just wondering if they will get enough of whatever they need from just straight milk?

I had my first doe fawn 3 days ago. It took her 26 hours to take the first bottle. but now she seems ok with it. Ive feed her 4 times( one day now) and each time she sucks down 5oz. But she still seems hungry to me.



any ideas guys? this is my first time bottle feeding



Thanks Tom
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Old May 28th 2013, 02:15 PM   #2
 
  Apr 2009
  Williamsport, PA
Tom, Do a search here. There is tons of info on Red Cap feeding.
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Old May 28th 2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
I use Ultra 24 Milk Replacer or Land of Lakes Multi Species with Red Cap have had 0 problems in 4 years.



Got caught with no replacer on hand this year and tried Red Cap straight and it was a battle to get em started.
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Old May 28th 2013, 02:25 PM   #4
 
  Feb 2012
  PA
What is your ratio of replacer to milk?
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Old May 28th 2013, 04:27 PM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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If you use straight red cap, they will grow and be fine. I have raised 10 or more on only red cap. Now I started adding formula to my red cap.
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Old May 28th 2013, 04:28 PM   #6
 
  Apr 2009
  Alabaster, Alabama
We've fed straight red cap for the past two years with great results!
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Old May 28th 2013, 05:21 PM   #7
 
  Jan 2013
  NJ, deer are kept in PA
Tom, I am new to bottle feeding aswell. Bottle feeding my first fawn now. Born saturday am. I took the fawn yesterday afternoon around 2 to start bottle feeding. Friends around me, also deer farmers, swear by red cap. So far, no problems its only been a little over 24 hours. But time will tell. I am also adding a little collostrum from jersey cows for the next week. Maybe a tablespoon full per feeding of 4 ounces. I also added fresh, black dirt, the kind that you would find under the leaves deep in a forrest, to the diet it is in a seperate container/bowl heard that helps in the bacteria aspect of things......



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Old May 28th 2013, 05:28 PM   #8
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  Aug 2012
  Billings, MO
We add evaporated goats milk to our red cap as well as a milk replacer for the first few weeks. It has worked well. Everyone has their favorite replacer. We use La Belle milk/colostrum powder.
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Old May 29th 2013, 10:05 AM   #9
 
  Apr 2013
  MN
Thanks for the feedback everyone
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Old May 29th 2013, 10:24 PM   #10
 
  May 2010
  Kinmundy Illinois
I have used red cap but alway's have added 1/2-3/4 cup milk replacer per gallon. I would want them to act like they are still hungry when they finish the bottle. I think it is better for them to still be a bit hungry than it is to over feed them. Another thing I alway's add probiotics to the first and last bottle of the day and Albon the first 4 day's. Have never had and problem's since I started adding probiotic's to the bottle.
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Old May 30th 2013, 06:52 PM   #11
 
  Nov 2012
  Vinton, Louisiana
I am also feeding straight red cap milk and am very pleased with the results only on day 8 but fawns seem to love it. A little concerned I may be over feeding I had read when feeding straight red cap give them all they want and the two 8 day old fawns are eating around 40oz each per day. Seem to feel great full of energy and alert at this rate I am thinking about buying a milk cow. Trying to imagine someone bottle feeding twenty fawns a couple month old red cap milk and the looks they would get in the check out line at market basket.
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Old May 30th 2013, 07:25 PM   #12
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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I am also feeding straight red cap milk and am very pleased with the results only on day 8 but fawns seem to love it. A little concerned I may be over feeding I had read when feeding straight red cap give them all they want and the two 8 day old fawns are eating around 40oz each per day. Seem to feel great full of energy and alert at this rate I am thinking about buying a milk cow. Trying to imagine someone bottle feeding twenty fawns a couple month old red cap milk and the looks they would get in the check out line at market basket.


Wow..Thats alot of milk. Are they eating anything else?
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Old May 30th 2013, 07:26 PM   #13
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  Chillicothe, Missouri
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I am also feeding straight red cap milk and am very pleased with the results only on day 8 but fawns seem to love it. A little concerned I may be over feeding I had read when feeding straight red cap give them all they want and the two 8 day old fawns are eating around 40oz each per day. Seem to feel great full of energy and alert at this rate I am thinking about buying a milk cow. Trying to imagine someone bottle feeding twenty fawns a couple month old red cap milk and the looks they would get in the check out line at market basket.


Been there done that..............Last year 14 gallon 5 days a week last year at Walmart was an attention getter for sure!!
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Old May 30th 2013, 07:40 PM   #14
 
  Apr 2012
  Le Center MN
Yep Wayne !! Same here, but I was at SAMs club with 20 gal. Of red cap in my cart and had a elderly lady come up to me and said, You must have some hungry mouths at home? I said with a smile, yes 15 of them!! She shook her head and said... God Bless you and walked away!!!!! Still makes me smile!! Charlie!!
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Old May 30th 2013, 07:47 PM   #15
 
  Nov 2012
  Vinton, Louisiana
Four seasons whitetails only red cap milk. keeping them on ground in 10' x 10' dog kennel all day and inside a hot house at night seem to eat more dirt than I remember last year. Last year they where in same kennel on concrete slab with six fawns fought the s#:tts whole time thinking it was a little unsanitary at times causing the problems this year I plan on moving fawns to empty pen at 3 weeks to help with sanitation issues
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