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Old 06-11-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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I just saw in the D-I-Y section that Brushtrooper had built an alfalfa feeder. I think that he did a good job on it. This got me wondering. Do deer eat alfalfa hay or any other type of hay? If so does anybody put out hay for thier deer?
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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They do eat alfalfa. (don't think thats spelled right) I don't know about any other hay.
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Have been feeding the deer alfalfa for about 3 years now, they eat the fire out of it... Never tried jig hay, dont think they would like it though...
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:52 PM   #4
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if you have deer in pens they most likely need a source of roughage because most likely all the grass is gone plus its a decent source of protein. in the wild they will eat it but not real quick
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Cool. I think I may have to try feeding alfalfa! Do you need it in a Hay manager or just throw the whole bale out or how do you feed it? Also do hogs eat it?
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:14 PM   #6
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They do eat alfalfa. (don't think thats spelled right) I don't know about any other hay.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:15 PM   #7
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I have a hay feeder out and the deer are hitting it hard right now. One bail last about 2 weeks.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:17 PM   #8
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Been feeding alfalfa for about 4 years now, the deer, the axis and the ranchers goats next door love it. Put out 2 large round bails of hay in march just to see if it would work, havn,t seen them but my pop's said he's got trailcam pictures with whitetail and axis eating it.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:30 PM   #9
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I fully agree, HOORAY FOR DEER!!!!







sorry, i've been rdinkini tonight.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:43 PM   #10
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A bale will only last 2-3 days on my place. The Whitetails tend to eat the smaller bits/ends and the Axis eat anything.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:09 PM   #11
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As mentioned by everyone else, whitetail deer will eat alfalfa hay. Most other types of hay are useless to a whitetail because of their body's inability to digest grasses. Some studies have shown around 15% grass in a deer's diet, but most of this is new, highly palatable, easily digestable shoots. They may eat the other types of hay, but it won't do anything for them since its typically not fresh growth. There's an old saying that a deer can starve to death with a belly full of grass.

As for axis and other exotics, just about any hay will work. Most of them differ from whitetail in that their bodys can readily digest these grasses. Alfalfa is still better than most b/c of protein content.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:45 PM   #12
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As mentioned by everyone else, whitetail deer will eat alfalfa hay. Most other types of hay are useless to a whitetail because of their body's inability to digest grasses. Some studies have shown around 15% grass in a deer's diet, but most of this is new, highly palatable, easily digestable shoots. They may eat the other types of hay, but it won't do anything for them since its typically not fresh growth. There's an old saying that a deer can starve to death with a belly full of grass.

As for axis and other exotics, just about any hay will work. Most of them differ from whitetail in that their bodys can readily digest these grasses. Alfalfa is still better than most b/c of protein content.
It has been a few years since my ruminant nutrition class, but this is due to the extremely high content of cellulose and lignin in the stem portion of grass. Leaves are much lower in these and therefore much easier to digest. Thus, you need to purchase leafy @$$ alfalfa or you are wasting your money. I prefer to let the deer munch on my 80 acres of alfalfa under drip. Only downside is we shoot a lot of does on such a large food source....
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:52 PM   #13
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They also love chaffa (not sure on the spelling) but they are crazy about it. I always buy mine at the big feed and hardware store in Junction
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:02 AM   #14
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I've found it difficult to get the deer started on alfalfa hay...especially inside a feeder pen. I guess it was foreign to the deer in our area and the smell spooked them at first.

Once they start eating it, though, they can't get enough of it.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:57 AM   #15
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What about hogs? Do they mess with it?
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:04 AM   #16
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I feed alfalfa and have for a long time now. They love it!
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #17
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I have been feeding alfalfa to the deer at my place for about 15 years now and they will go through a bale a week. My pops has been using alfalfa for over 20 years as an attractant. He just puts it straight on the ground and I use an old hay feeder.....
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:14 AM   #18
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But what about wild Hogs?
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:19 AM   #19
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Just a note on another source of protein for the deer...
http://www.perennialpeanuthay.org/do...ls_article.pdf
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:01 AM   #20
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I have wanted to do this for a while but my concern is overzelous cows. Do you think we will have trouble keeping the cows out of the feeder pens if they have a history of pushing the pens down to begin with? I have felt the smell of the alfalfa would be too much for them. Thoughts?
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:06 AM   #21
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I guess no one knows if hogs will eat it big papa. Pour some jello mix on it and I bet they would
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:39 AM   #22
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big papa, I have used it in barrels similar to the one recently posted on the DIY site and I have Scattered it on the ground and I have not seen a hog or had a trail cam take a picture of a hog/hogs eating it, but might mean they prefer the corn over it.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:09 AM   #23
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I have wanted to do this for a while but my concern is overzelous cows. Do you think we will have trouble keeping the cows out of the feeder pens if they have a history of pushing the pens down to begin with? I have felt the smell of the alfalfa would be too much for them. Thoughts?

Good question, I am thinking about putting Chaffhaye (sp) out during the preseason. I have put up square tubing framed panels around my feeder, and was wondering the same thing. If I put a couple of bales out, will the cattle and sheep kill themselves to try and get to it? I may just do it and put a camera out.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:12 AM   #24
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Pigs will eat alfalfa. We used to spot and stalk hogs that were feeding on alfalfa hay that the rancher was using to feed his cattle.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:19 AM   #25
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With the dry spell in full swing around my place, any deer seen eating my hay will be shot. Normally get about 80 rolls 1st cutting, got 48
That along with my formal hearing in front of the Apprisal Board yesterday, I'm ready to shoot something
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