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Hello! I'm a doe and I am enjoying my carrots!

do deer eat carrots

In this educational / entertainment post:

I hope this answers the question of 'do deer eat carrots' right there. They can and will eat these vegetables if they come across them.

Our deer welcome carrot showers (when a lot of chunks get thrown to them), and also make funny faces as the pieces fly and when chewing them.

Our animals get carrots as a supplement quite often, and every day during summer droughts, when there's less vegetation available.

Therefore, we gotta have some storage for those carrots to keep them fresh summer. So instead of a beer-fridge, we have deer-fridge, as in, it's for the deer (not with deer in it):

fridge full of carrots

Anticipation is showing. All eyes on that human preparing to make a throw of the delicious, crunchy, sweet vegetable...

deer awaiting carrots

More flying carrots and deer faces in anticipation:

funny deer and carrot picture

They don't mind being hit by their food, but also have learnt some defensive techniques.

INCOMING!

deer under carrot shower

Go get those carrots, quick!


Watching deer chew their food is entertaining. Capturing awkward-looking moments is even funnier.

That moment was so funny it deserved to be immortalized into a picture, an animated gif and a video.

Feeding deer carrots

In this video, a group of deer gets some carrots and some bread in the end. The vegetables get eaten whole, and carrot tops are just as desired.

Deer Miss Red once got lucky passing by on her own and getting to eat a carrot uninterrupted by competing fellow deer. We didn't have it cut into smaller chunks at that moment, so she had to chew it whole. There was no complaints.

Pretty deer crunches on a carrot

Watch this pretty hind chew carrot in front of a camera.

Carrots are highly desirable, but when fed both those and bread at the same time, most deer will choose bread first. Bread is king! But please don't feed wild deer big quantities of bread, it's something their digestive system needs to get used to.

How a herd of deer eats carrots. Watch in the following video.

You can notice towards the end some bits being continuously ignored, deer get a sniff of them and walk past without eating. Why do you think that is?


Do deer eat carrot tops?

Easily. Both the tops and the roots will be enthusiastically consumed by deer.


What fruit and veg can deer eat?

Deer will eat practically anything when food supplies are low, but otherwise they adore carrots, apples, bananas, pears, berries, especially blueberries and blackberries, beets, quite enjoy some leafy greens, spinach, turnip, cauliflower, peas, beans or broccoli, strawberries, plums, pumpkin, cabbage, sweet potatoes and sweetcorn. Nuts are also very appealing to deer. We find citruses are not on top of their list but deer will eat them if there's no better alternative, even lemons, whole.

Not fans of onion, garlic and fennel, although our ones didn't mind garlic bread.


Should you feed wild deer?

Depending on where you live it may be illegal for you to do that.

Winter is a challenging time for deer, and a nature's way of culling the weaker herd members. (( As heartbreaking as that may be, supplemental feeding of them presents its own set of problems and according to many reputable sources can do more harm than good. Such as:

If you want to help deer survive winter:

You can do this by creating and maintaining good quality deer habitat and improving food resources that will actually benefit all wildlife.

If you can't resist feeding deer, follow these guidelines:

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More links to helpful resources:

https://extension.unh.edu/resource/more-harm-good-why-you-shouldnt-feed-deer

https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeSpecies/White-tailedDeer/Documents/feeding_deer.pdf

https://blog.nature.org/science/2013/08/22/too-many-deer/

Feeding animals feels good. Having wild animals come closer to you can be exciting. But the best way to have that experience is to visit a zoo, a park, a sanctuary or a farm. Watch our deer from your home, subscribe to our Youtube!

And BTW, have you heard that Nara Park deer, since Covid-19 took away the tourists who’ve been feeding them crackers have wondered off into the city streets in search of treats! Here's a news report on this. And it's not like they're starving, it's that grass in the park is not enough any more, they’re hooked on crackers. This is how it works, guys, think of long-term consequences.

Last modified 2020-09-10 at 15:44


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