(I have deer that pass through my backyard almost daily and as I was filling the bird feeder and squirrel feeder today, I was thinking it would be nice to leave something out for the deer too to help them through the lean winter months. I'm not sure what I could leave out for them and how to leave it out - just put it on the ground?)
I understand your concern, as food can be scarce for deer in the winter...and I know you are an animal lover, so you just want to help them out. However, in my opinion...you shouldn't feed wild deer, you don't want them to lose their natural wildness and become use to human habitats
First off, deer mainly eat things like berries and acorns. In the winter, these things you may not be able to find anything like that to feed them.
So, If you choose to feed deer, your best option would be to purchase commercially blended deer feed from a feed store since it will contain all the nutrients that deer need. However, that will be very costly, especially since one deer may turn into many. Also, since you feed your dogs homemade food...you know what is in store bought pet food, and I don't think you like it.
Do NOT feed the deer human food. Their stomachs are not designed to digest human food and putting out table scraps will most likely attract other unwanted animals.
Here, read this article for more information on why it's not good to feed wild deer: http://funadvice.com/r/3ldhdn0r5t
Deer love nuts, and other healthy foods. I highly recommend fruits like apples since they are tasty and very healthy. You might also want to give them a clean water supply, tap water will do fine (deer don't acquire all the water they need, so give them some). In the winter they normally have not much food, so they eat leaves and fallen tree branches. Some tasty fruits or even vegetables will happily feed those deer. :)
Thanks! Do you think I can just put it on the ground for them? It might get stepped on or snow covered. Maybe I can make something to put it in, but then it would still get snow covered. Will they be able to smell it under the snow?
And you can drive an old broom handle into the ground secure it with rope to a tree or up against the house and tie a bucket to it as a homemade feeder.
Thanks! There is a small herd that live nearby. The farmer beside us says they are here all year long as they eat his corn in the summer months.
They love percimins I guess that's how you spell it they eat them off the branches if they can they also like assorted nuts and berries
Deer love corn, beans, oats, and nuts. I have heard that deer corn is actually not good for them so regular corn is better.
"In the winter, these things you may not be able to find anything like that to feed them. " Take out "these things", lol...
They estimately drink 2 quarts of water a day, so if there are sever deer make sure you have a couple gallons.
Yeah maybe a table, but thinking about it, read Angelee's answer first. It makes more sense.
if you want deer to come in numbers buy you whats called a salt block and youll see lol
I would have to say salt and corn.
I meant to say several deer.
No problem. :]