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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:

Will deer eat apples?

can deer eat apples

Deer say: "Of course!"

An apple a day keeps deer very happy indeed. This doesn't rhyme but fact is, deer love apples.

Do deer eat avocados?

Gladly, if they're used to them.


Deer adore avocados and will eat them together with bones.

Can deer eat bread?

Deer say: "You bet!"

deer eating bagel

We've covered deer eating bread here. Please be cautious feeding it though.

Will deer eat bananas?

Deer say: "..." - not much, they're busy chewinng bananas.

deer eat banana


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.

Do deer eat berries?

Deer say: "Oh deer god, please send us some!"

berries for deeries

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?

Do deer eat cabbage?

Deer say: "If there's nothing better"

They will eat it, but are not too excited about it. And can you blame them?

Will deer eat capscicum?

Deer say: "All right"

When used to them, deer welcome some bell peppers in their diet. No red hot chilli peppers, please.

Can deer eat carrots?

can deer eat carrot tops

Deer say: "Yes we can!"

Any carrot, any shape or form, with carrot tops. Watch deer eat carrots.

Can deer eat chicken feed?

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.

Can deer eat corn?

Deer say: "Would sell our souls for it!"

deer licking off maize

Deer love maize, but it presents danger when consumed in big quantities by animals not accustomed to it.

Is cucumber a good treat for deer?

Deer say: "Bring it, hooman!"

Cucumber is appreciated by the deer.

Do deer eat dill?

Deer say: "Yuck!"

This is one of the few things deer tend to avoid.

Will deer eat dog food?

Deer say: "You gotta be kidding me!"

suspicious deer

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.

Do deer appreciate garlic?

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.

Do deer make lemonade out of lemons?

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.

Will deer gobble up melons?

Deer say: "Just put them down and step away!"

You'll make them very happy if you share your melon, even scraps with deer.

Will deer like oats?

Deer say: "YAY!"

deer licking oatmeal of a plate

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.

Do deer touch onion?

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.

Can deer eat parsley?

Deer say: "Any day!"

Will deer munch on some pasta?

Deer say: "Hard to stay away"

can deer eat macaroni

Watch deer eating pasta.

Deer also enjoy uncooked pasta

Apparently, they also love crunching dry pasta like chips. Watch deer crunch on some dry spachetti (fettuchini) with sound.

Make sure it contains no eggs though, deer hate them. Wheat spachetti - great. Gluten - bring it on!

Ok to feed deer pears?

Deer say: "Sure!"

Adore these fruits, will consume whole.

Will deer eat potato?

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.

Is pumpkin coveted by deer?

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.

How about some sweet potato?

Deer say: "Love 'em! Scraps or whole - we dig 'em all!"

Will summer squash get polished off?

Deer say: "You bet!"

Record speed pecking at zucchini type veges.

Do deer enjoy watermelon?

Deer say: "Deer god, do we enjoys it on a hot summer day!"

Save those watermelon rinds for deer, they'll love you forever.

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:

What is the best food to feed deer?

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Last modified 2021-10-28 at 14:34

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