posted on Jan, 3 2014 @ 10:04 AM
reply to post by chiefsmom
Yeah, I always worry that the deer may twist their legs on the steps. I need to put backs on the steps so they won't get hurt. These two deer,
sister and brother, got left here by their mother who went to the wintering area about a half mile away. They come here in the morning and eat, sleep
in two different spots, eat again, and then they go see what the neighbors have. They usually come back in the evening. These two were born this
As soon as I opened the door to feed them today, the buck jumped up on the deck. I held out a potato but he wouldn't take it out of my hand so I
tossed it down. As I threw potatoes over his head to the doe, he would jerk and finally he went down. I try to not feed them too much bread, they
get fat in the gut. We give them oiled sunflower seeds once in a while, it helps with keeping them warm I read. If people feed the deer grains they
should incorporate a little seeds so they do not get niacin deficient. Potatoes contain niacin that is not bound. but not enough oils.
I'm going to try cooking them some special bread. I have to do more research though. Too much bread can cause an imbalance of microbes in the ruman
and since there is less other grasses in the environment now, that could be bad. Corn is bad for deer but a little won't hurt, I prefer not to feed
them corn at all. I heard the DNR gave a lot of corn to the deer in the spring and a lot of them died, the niacin in corn is tightly bound. It's
not good for any animal to eat too many grains, they get impacted.