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Old Jun 1st 2011, 07:30 PM   #1
  Apr 2009
What is the longest anyone has kept a fawn alive tube feeding it? I have a 2 1/2 week old doe fawn that I have tube fed for 15 days. I am hoping to feed for about another 15 to 20 days and then wean her. Can it be done. Has anyone ever had to tube feed a fawn till weaning?

She is in perfect health and is doing really well. She just will not suck on a nipple or anything else as far as that goes. I have tried everything. She is just stubborn or maybe has an impediment? Who knows. Just looking for some of your thoughts.

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Old Jun 1st 2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

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Maybe try a pail of milk and don't put out any water. She is old enough to drink from a pail. Put a ice pack in it to keep the milk good. Just a idea. I never had one refuse milk longer than two week myself. Seemed like the light bulb went on one day and she took off feeding.
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Old Jun 1st 2011, 08:19 PM   #3
  Jul 2011
I had a fawn that would not take a bottle, we got her started by accident. she was up in my arms and stared sucking on the bottom of my ear lobe. My wife wiped a little milk on my ear lobe and she sucked harder. then we wiped milk on the nipple and switched it from my ear to the nipple. I know you must be thinking I am crazy but that is how we got Rosie started. In fishing it is called the bait and switch trick. Sounds crazy but it worked for us.

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Old Jun 2nd 2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Northeast Wisconsin

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Is it absolutely necessary to bottle feed this fawn?? If you put it back in a pen with a doe that has just had fawns and rub some afterbirth on it she will most likely adopt it. I can't imagine it is healthy to tube feed for that long a time. If you've ever had a tube in your throat in the hospital you know how sore it can get. We've had pretty good luck with does adopting fawns.
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Old Jun 3rd 2011, 07:54 AM   #5
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  Aug 2009
  Winnsboro, LA
Hey Wayne, do you let the fish suck on your ear before it tells you what bait to use??
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Old Jun 3rd 2011, 01:19 PM   #6
  Apr 2009
I have been tubing a doe fawn for almost 17 days when this morning I offered her a bottle as I have done every day since we started tubing her. Low and behold she ate the WHOLE BOTTLE this morning. WOW! It was like a light switch went on! I just hope she continues to eat from the bottle. She is a little tentative.
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Old Jun 3rd 2011, 04:58 PM   #7
  Apr 2009
  Williamsport, PA
Good luck with that Eric. It sounds like she almost broke you before you broke her!!
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Old Jun 3rd 2011, 06:00 PM   #8
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
Way to go Eric..........Your persistance and hard work will hopefully pay off! Best of luck
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Old Jun 3rd 2011, 06:05 PM   #9
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  Aug 2009
  Winnsboro, LA
Ok Eric, I got to ask. What's the pedigree on this little girl? You ought to name her painky, cause she was a pain.congratulations on a job well done!
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Old Jun 3rd 2011, 06:46 PM   #10
  Apr 2009
She is a Joker daughter(PA Geronimo/Maxbo/Maverick/Bucky) on a Maxin Doe (MaxHoo's Mother 323"@3) She was live bred and gave us twin doe fawns. I think I may be the only person in the country that bred to Joker other than Joe Peachy. Joker is owned by Curt Waldvogel and Joe Peachy. He was 280"@2 and Joe says he looks real good this year.

For an update she also ate 7 oz for dinner and she really nailed the bottle this time. I am keeping my finger crossed.

Josh you are right she about broke me, but I am pretty hard headed so she will have to try harder when she gets a little older! HA HA!
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