URGENT NEWBORN FAWN! Anyone raised one?
Ok, found these guys yesterday brushhogging, newborn yesterday!
Mamma abandoned one! It was wobbling around all day today crying and no Mamma in sight so after 6 hours Husband brought him home. Campers and workers said he'd been alone all last evening and all day today so I know she isn't coming back.
So far all I knew to do was wipe his parts and get him "going". Fed him colostrum/milk replacer which I just happened to have on hand for when I used to have goats.
Poor thing was "loaded" so I know for sure mamma had left him, sucking like CRAZY. At first I fed him easily by putting the nipple in his mouth and got him to drink about a fourth of a cup of milk. Then when I got him up and was wiping him he kept trying to nurse but won't take the goat nipple...
Jumped out of the tub to follow me when I walked off so I know we've already bonded. Only had him for 30 so THAT WAS QUICK!
No worries, I've got a huge barn with a foaling room to keep him in when he gets a little stronger, wrapped up nice and snug in a towel in a rubber tub in the house for now. As for when he gets bigger he'll be fine out in the yard and put up at night, we'll see. Hopefully he'll go back into the wild or else we'll have him gelded and he'll pasture with the horses LOL! Gotta get him a bell.
Remember we live Waaayyyyyy out in the boonies.
ANY TIPS? Better nipple to try? Says on the internet a rubber baby nipple works best not silicone. So going to the store soon to get goats milk and try a new nipple. Bummed cause I think/know it's a buck! Hoping I'm wrong!
FYI: I made sure it's ok to raise him, FS said they are loaded and to either let him die or do it myself. UGH! Hay season.
once you get the proper nipple the baby likes then your already half way to success. the only difference is i would change him into the barn asap or a small outdoor enclosure so he doesn't get to human attached if you really want to release him into the wild.
other than that contact the local wildlife people who usually take the orphans not sure who that is in your area and see what they usually do for them and maybe kinda stick with there routine..
goodluck cant wait to see more pics of the little fella :)
It may be hard to hear, but you should really call wildlife management. They will know what to do. In most states you have to get a wildlife permit to have a wild animal as a pet. In almost all states it is illegal to take an animal out of the wild even if you do have the permit. Deer are supposed to have, I think, a minimum 8ft. fenced area to live in as pets. After you raise the baby, he will not be able to be released because he will be socialized with humans. If wildlife management catches you with the baby, they can have him taken away and possibly euthanized. If they take him now, they can place him in a rehabilitation facility that releases wild animals back into their natural habitat ready to fend for themselves. It's best for the deer.
Looks like she says she called FS which I would think is forestry services.
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No worries on the legalities. I've got it all approved, it was either I take it in or leave it to die.
As far as releasing him, he will be minimally handled, not introduced to the dogs, never fed grain, then run off like any other deer. I am surrounded by 1.6 million acres of national forest so I sure hope he'll be ok.
Fed him again and oh he's such a sweetie! Got milk replacer at the feed store and talked it over with Mary the owner. She gave me some encouragement but not a lot of advice.
I'll post Picts soon!!! He's sooooo tiny and frail, I'll try and get a vid up too!
Man, first year around here with no goats and my gardens are lovely! I can kiss them goodbye!
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Subbing to this. So cute!
Feeding time, he's "mewing"! I'll take a video and get some shots!
Sorry, no help from me, but I would love to see a video!
If I remember correctly, it is good to put a small amount of natural or organic yogurt in with the goat milk. Maybe a teaspoon per cup. It really keeps the tummy happy since mama's milk is not available.
Glad to hear you are using goat milk...it is the best replacer for deer's milk.
Can't wait to see pics or video!
what do you mean by "loaded" ? the two uses seem to be differnent. Forgive my ignorance, but I thought the first meaning was loaded with "manure" which you helped him evacuate, but the second usage?
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