We've been having a lot of whitetail deer visiting us recently.
I love deer, I think they are fun to watch, are very gentle. And the fawns are so much fun, they act just like puppies when they play.
The deer don't really damage anything - we keep the garden fenced. We don't like having deer ticks around, but we raised the Guinea fowl to take care of that issue. Plus we've been visited by wild turkeys for the last week, and they love to eat bugs. We used to have so very many deer ticks and large dog ticks, but this year (so far) the ticks haven't been much of a problem. Although I don't credit the Guineas for this at all, as they don't leave the chicken pen area.
We provide the deer with a salt and mineral block in our back yard, and a bucket hangs on the fence - I fill it with corn during the winter months when snow is on the ground and food is hard to come by for the deer.
These are the latest deer that have been visiting this past week- two young bucks.
|Two bucks can't share one salt block!|
|Two bucks, the smaller one is angry because he gave up his turn at the salt block|
Previously two does and two fawns had visited. They were both first year does, both still nursing their first babies. The fawns still had their spots. Early in the mornings when the sun rose the fawns liked to romp, jump, run and chase each other around the back yard. It was always a pleasure to watch them play. I wish I had taken some pictures of them. The does and fawns stayed about three weeks. Sometimes other does and fawns would join them and stay for a day or two, then leave. When the two bucks arrived the does and their young left.
Here's a flashback to last winter's visitors. This herd stayed with us quite a while - so long I started to name them!
|Deer in backyard January 2010|
|I named this little fuzzy guy Little Deer|
We always find antlers on the ground in the yard. The bucks shed their antlers every year and grow new ones.
This is the latest to our antler collection - a young buck had died out in our woods near the main road. We collected this last month.
Memories from the February 2010 snowstorm. The deer found safe haven under the cedar trees in the back yard where the snow was not so high.