fawn

Producer Objectives

  • Artificially rearing newborn white-tail deer and fallow deer
  • Rearing fawns with birth weights up to 5kg

Features & Benefits

  • Efficient protein source for growth of young deer
  • Balances mineral and vitamin levels needed for metabolic functions

Mixing Directions

  1. Measure 200g of powder per litre of solution (A scale provides the best precision)
  2. Mix with 0.5 litre hot water (60oC) for 3 minutes using a good whisk or a paint mixer
  3. Add 0.35 litre cold water and mix for 1 minute (total 1 litre)
  4. Feed the milk solution at a temperature of 38-40 degrees C (thermometer provides best results) according to daily feed schedule

Feeding Schedule

Age
Amount Per Feeding
Number of Feedings/Day
Day 1 : Colostrum
100-150
8
Week 1
150
6
Week 2
200
6
Week 3-5
300
4
Week 6
400
3
Week 7
500
2
Day 50 – weaning
500
1

General recommendations

  • The newborn fawn should be fed maternal colostrum (first mother’s milk) in the first 24hours
  • Fawns should receive 18% of their body weight for the first 3 weeks, 15% between weeks 3-6, and 10% afterward
  • Quantities offered should be adjusted to weight, (i.e. for bigger fawns the intake will be higher) and increased gradually from birth to weaning
  • Frequent feeding of small amounts will decrease chances of digestive upsets
  • Any change in the feeding schedule should be done with judgment, according to fawn’s growth, size and stool consistency
  • Weigh fawn regularly to ensure that milk intake is adequate.
  • The milk replacer solution can be served with a nipple bottle. A soft lamb’s nipple, with a mildly enlarged hole will work
  • Fawns need assistance to help urinate and defecate for the first 2-3 weeks of life. You need to assist by using a warm moist cloth and massaging over the anal area and perineum while the fawn is nursing, until they urinate and or defecate. You must be persistent, this is very important to the fawns well being

Additional recommendations

  • If a starter ration is available, offer small quantities daily from 2 weeks of age
  • Offer good quality roughage (leafy material) and/or pasture on a free choice basis
  • Fresh, clean water should be available, particularly when consuming a significant amount of solids