Hello! I'm a doe and I am enjoying my 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):
Anticipation is showing. All eyes on that human preparing to make a throw of the delicious, crunchy, sweet vegetable...
More flying carrots and deer faces in anticipation:
They don't mind being hit by their food, but also have learnt some defensive techniques.
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.
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?
Easily. Both the tops and the roots will be enthusiastically consumed by deer.
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.
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:
Where a few deer are today tomorrow can be a hundred. In deer world 'the word travels fast'. So more animals will burn their precious fat deposits hoping to come and dine at your sites. If they then arrive to an empty spot or there's only enough to feed half of them you may have made a bad situation worse;
Even if you succeed in saving more deer one winter through supplemental feeding, overpopulation of these animals does not benefit them in the end. Since you stop supplement feeding in spring, they're on their own but in bigger numbers than vegetation in the area can sustain. There will also be detrimental effect on the birds whose habitats deer eat away.
You can do this by creating and maintaining good quality deer habitat and improving food resources that will actually benefit all wildlife.
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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