Baby deer are such beautiful and gentle animals that have won over the hearts of many. If you are intending to adopt an orphaned fawn, first & foremost you have to know about their diet.

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So, what does baby deer eat? A fawn’s food varies according to its specific age. A fawn under 3 months old only consumes its mother milk. After that, it can digest solid food including leaves, grass, corn, alfalfa, lichens, and others of herbivorous animals’ diet. 

Below, I will explain more details about how often, how much, how to feed, and what to feed wild baby deer. I will also let you know what to do when seeing an abandoned-like fawn before adopting it.

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What does baby deer eat in the wild?

Wide baby deer under 12 weeks of age can only consume their mother’s milk. If the fawn has lost its mother or you are raising it on your farm, you can feed it with goat milk or a milk substitute. These are safe alternatives.


5. Do baby deer eat corn?

Pure corn, barley, or wheat might contain too much starch. If eating that food only, the baby deer might quickly suffer a digestive problem.

If you want to add corn into the fawn’s diet, it’s better to mix with cereal grains such as oats. For a balanced serving, a ratio of 1:1 or even 1:4 corn:oats is worth trying.

6. Do baby deer eat fish?

Deer are herbivores, so consuming fish is nearly impossible.

In the past, some reports concluded deer were omnivores since people had caught deer eating birds, fish, or dead rabbits.

However, biologists have explained this weird action only occurs when the deer lacks minerals (phosphorus, calcium, salt, etc), mainly because of food shortage.

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Final words 

As you read this line, I guess you no longer wonder “what do baby deer eat?”. Under-3-month-old fawns consume milk while the older eat plants and fruits.

My final words for you are: please don’t touch any deer if you are not sure it is an orphaned fawn. With a wild fawn, love is just watching!