Are you wondering, whether these animals will eat what you're willing to give? Is it safe, will they eat it?
We can help you with that, as we've tried many treats and delicacies on our deer farm.
Please note, deer are suspicious of new kinds of food, so likely to not eat it straight away, if at all. Also, please read considerations about feeding deer. Or skip to what is the best food to feed deer?
A list so far, to be continued:
Deer say: "Of course!"
An apple a day keeps deer very happy indeed. This doesn't rhyme but fact is, deer love apples.
Gladly, if they're used to them.
Deer adore avocados and will eat them together with bones.
Deer say: "You bet!"
We've covered deer eating bread here. Please be cautious feeding it though.
Deer say: "..." - not much, they're busy chewinng bananas.
You could even say, deer 'go banabas' over bananas. Even if they've never come in contact with these fruits before, deer will readily destroy a banana, together with skin.
Deer say: "Oh deer god, please send us some!"
Berries of all kinds are deers favorite food. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes - all are highly appreciated by these gourmets. Berries are packed with minerals and vitamins, acids and sugar and so are perfectly fitted as deer feed. Not that you'd want to share a lot with them, would you?
Deer say: "If there's nothing better"
They will eat it, but are not too excited about it. And can you blame them?
Deer say: "All right"
When used to them, deer welcome some bell peppers in their diet. No red hot chilli peppers, please.
Deer say: "Yes we can!"
Any carrot, any shape or form, with carrot tops. Watch deer eat carrots.
Deer say: "What's in it?"
Deer are herbivores, best accustomed to eating plant based food, while chiken are omnivores, capable of eating both plant and animal products. What is your chicken feed made of? Read the label and if it's not all vegan, it's likely not a good idea to feed deer that. They might eat it, but will it agree with their digestive system - no one can say.
Deer say: "Would sell our souls for it!"
Deer love maize, but it presents danger when consumed in big quantities by animals not accustomed to it.
Deer say: "Bring it, hooman!"
Cucumber is appreciated by the deer.
Deer say: "Yuck!"
This is one of the few things deer tend to avoid.
Deer say: "You gotta be kidding me!"
Seriously, dogs are omnivores (evolved from carnivores), even the cheapest dog food contains (hopefully, for dogs sake) some meat. You shouldn't try and feed herbivores meat products.
Deer say: "We're not fans!"
This is one of the few things deer tend to avoid. But our deer have on a rare occasion been spotted eating toasts with some garlic rubbed into them. So it's not a deer repellent, in case you were wondering. Might protect you against vampires, but not your garden from deer.
Deer say: "We do, if we have to!"
Lemon is not on top of the list, but these animals will down a few sour bombs whole if they're hungry. They will eat skin alone or whole fruits. However, they'd much prefer carrots or apples.
Deer say: "Just put them down and step away!"
You'll make them very happy if you share your melon, even scraps with deer.
Deer say: "YAY!"
Oat flakes are good for these animals, and they love them too. Oats are high in carbs, which means deer can satiate faster and keep warm in winter more efficiently. They'll pick up both dry and boiled oats, actually.
Deer say: "Hell, no!"
However, a few days later the onion tends to disappear. So they might nibble at it once it's wilted, when they've got nothing better to peck at.
Deer say: "Any day!"
Deer say: "Hard to stay away"
Make sure it contains no eggs though, deer hate them. Wheat spachetti - great. Gluten - bring it on!
Deer say: "Sure!"
Adore these fruits, will consume whole.
Deer say: "We'll have large fries and soda, please!"
In truth, these animals will likely eat potato. It does not appear to be their favorite, but eventually it gets cleaned up.
Deer say: "Damn right it is!"
They'll crunch on the skin as well as on the insides, pumpkin is enthusiastically consumed by deer species.
Deer say: "Love 'em! Scraps or whole - we dig 'em all!"
Deer say: "You bet!"
Record speed pecking at zucchini type veges.
Deer say: "Deer god, do we enjoys it on a hot summer day!"
Save those watermelon rinds for deer, they'll love you forever.
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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Last modified 2021-10-28 at 14:34