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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Seeing Spots

This little one should loose his/her spots by the end of October.  Fawns are born between late April and July. A Doe will have either a single fawn, twins or triplets. (Last year we had a Doe with triplets.  This year we have spotted two sets of twins and this single fawn.)  The baby's are spotted for about 3 to 4 months, and weaned from their mother by the time their spots disappear. However, some fawns may nurse for a month or two longer if the Doe allows it. (I had the pleasure of watching this one nurse yesterday evening.)  Baby deer weigh between 4-8 pounds at birth and grow to 75-85 pounds by November.  The bucks (fawn) face will become darker as he grows, and little nubs will protrude on his head between his eyes and ear area.  This mother and baby are very skittish, so it is difficult to get close enough to see if the fawn is a girl or boy.

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