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Three methods are most commonly

used when feeding pellets or cubes:

by hand, automatic timer-controlled

feeders or free choice, creep-type feeders.


The free choice feeder is the most desirable

but also the most expensive to maintain.


This type of feeder provides supplemental feed

at all time and if maintained will provide more

feed per animal. Hand feeding or feeding

with automatic feeders normally will not provide

a sufficient amount of feed per animal.


If automatic feeders are used, a pellet 3/16 inch

in size is normally necessary to eliminate the

jamming of the feeder mechanism.



When feeding pellets, only

commercial feeds containing

natural protein and not urea

should be used. Urea should not

be used because it has been found

to be very unpalatable to deer.


Deer pellets are available

from most feed dealers.





What To Do If You Find a Fawn?


If a fawn is obviously ill, lying on its side

kicking, crying - pick it up and

place it in a quiet place.


A light cloth placed over the animal's

head will sometimes calm it.


Keep it away from pets and all human activity.


Petting the fawn, talking to it

 holding it, does not comfort it.


This is a wild animal.


Human voices, odor and touch only add

to their stress and will cause additional

harm besides the illness or injury.


When a fawn seems calm it may be in shock.

If the weather is cold, a blanket may be placed

over its body to keep it from becoming chilled.


In hot weather a cool location

out of drafts is all that is needed.



other than water.


 Baby formula, cow's milk, feed store mixes

pet store domestic animal formulas, soy products

will cause scouring, dehydration and death.


CALL A WILDLIFE CENTER at once for help.


If an uninjured fawn is seen

on the road or beside the road,




Place it off the road about 20 feet and leave the area.


The fawn would not be there

if the doe were not nearby.

You will not see her.


She will return for the fawn as soon

as the human disturbance is gone.


A doe WILL accept it even though

it has been touched by humans

but she cannot retrieve her fawn

if you linger in the area.


If a fawn is seen lying upright, eyes wide open

but flattened to the ground, do not touch it.


This is a fawn's camouflage position. It blends

with its surroundings. When it is picked up it

will hold its legs tight against its body with its

head forward. Its legs are not broken.


Sometimes the fawn allows its body to

become limp and dangle in your hands.


Put it down, walk away and leave it alone.


This fawn is too small to follow the doe for

the long distance she must travel to find

enough food to make milk for her baby.


The milk is very rich and will sustain the

fawn for the many hours it spends alone.


The doe will return only

when there are no humans nearby.


Do not sit and wait for her to return.

If you have removed the fawn from it's

resting spot take it back at once and walk away.


The doe will be searching for her fawn.

she will accept it and care for it much better

than any human can. Humans cannot teach

the fawn the skills it will need to survive in the wild.


Humans do not have the correct diet to

properly nourish a wild animal.



Allow it to retain its wildness and natural fear of humans. This is the greatest gift we can give it. Wild animals do not make good pets. They are genetically programmed to be wild. As they mature they become dangerous and can inflict serious injuries on humans.