Feeding Fawns

Ensure that fawns receive colostrum at birth. Colostrum should be available for at least 24 hours, and longer if possible. If hind colostrum is not available fresh cow, goat or Jump-Start™ Full Cream Colostrum are suitable alternatives. Jump-Start™ is available from your rural retailer.

Clean fresh water should be available at all times.

Feeding recommendations

Mix 240 grams of lamb milk replacer (LMR) per litre of water. Add lamb milk replacer (LMR) to half of the required volume of water and mix thoroughly. Top up with water to the correct volume and ensure the temperature is about 40oC. Always follow the feeding instructions, do not increase volumes or concentrations above recommended levels.

Age of Red Deer Fawn (Days)** Number of Feeds per day Volume per feed (mls) Number 40g scoops required per feed
1 day 6 150 colostrum
2 to 4* 6 150 1
5 to 7 6 150 1
8 to 10 4 300 2
11 to 14 4 500 3
14 to weaning 3 650 4

** Fallow deer fawns require 1/2 of the feeding rates for red deer.