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Old 02-14-2021, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Trying to get my yard deer to eat some alfalfa

I got a 3 strand alfalfa bale yesterday at the feed store, and the deer didn't seem to know what to do with it. I left it out whole for them where I normally feed them. This is what I did today.
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Old 02-14-2021, 03:36 PM   #2
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Good idea. In to see if it works
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Old 02-14-2021, 03:47 PM   #3
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Just use a bag of that chaffhaye it's like gold
I had deer that would eat the dirt it was on.
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Old 02-14-2021, 03:49 PM   #4
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Molasses
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Old 02-14-2021, 05:23 PM   #5
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It can take them awhile to get on it if they've never had it before. Once they start eating it there will be a deer on it until it's gone.
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Old 02-14-2021, 05:30 PM   #6
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I tried some in Weatherford and they ate some but in the end had to pick up and throw away.


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Old 02-14-2021, 05:30 PM   #7
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Pull it apart more so they can get to the leaves better.
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Old 02-14-2021, 08:01 PM   #8
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This!
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Old 02-14-2021, 08:12 PM   #9
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It can take them awhile to get on it if they've never had it before. Once they start eating it there will be a deer on it until it's gone.

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Old 02-14-2021, 08:25 PM   #10
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You need to bust up the flakes and spread it out.
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Old 02-14-2021, 09:21 PM   #11
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I bought 2 100lb bales this year, and couldn't get the deer to eat. Cows on the other hand, tore my feed pen down to lick up every last straw

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Old 02-18-2021, 08:35 AM   #12
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I got back to the cabin last night and the deer may have eaten some alfalfa, but it looked mostly like they just dug down into it getting all the corn. I poured more corn on it to encourage them to eat the hay.
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:39 AM   #13
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Mine just started eating it. The first few nights, they were using it for bedding.
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Old 02-21-2021, 09:53 AM   #14
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I put some out at sour place in Aspermont and it scared the deer ran away, they saw it and wouldn’t even come to the feeder until we took it away. I think our deer are the most nervous deer on the planet though...
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Old 02-21-2021, 10:00 AM   #15
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Our deer didn’t eat it at first either, just like cottonseed. Once they learn to eat it and like it, they will go through them quickly!

I’m thinking of adding Ladak Alfalfa to our food plots this fall as it’s supposed to be very drought resistant and great for higher pH soils.
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Old 02-21-2021, 10:19 AM   #16
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I got back to the cabin last night and the deer may have eaten some alfalfa, but it looked mostly like they just dug down into it getting all the corn. I poured more corn on it to encourage them to eat the hay.
They push their nose into it looking for the leaves.
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Old 02-21-2021, 10:37 AM   #17
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The elk usually get to it before the mule deer can get to it. Once the elk find it there will be a herd there every night.
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Old 02-23-2021, 04:53 AM   #18
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I put some out at sour place in Aspermont and it scared the deer ran away, they saw it and wouldn’t even come to the feeder until we took it away. I think our deer are the most nervous deer on the planet though...
That's crazy!.
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:03 AM   #19
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I never had any luck with it as hay ..as Green and growing they go nuts over it...But its hard to grow..Its real picky about Soil/PH/weather/moisture
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:56 AM   #20
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They don’t like the stems.
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Old 02-23-2021, 10:11 AM   #21
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I’ve never seen deer in East Texas where I hunt eat it. Until this past year. They were so hungry by the time the end of November got here, they were eating 30 mins after I put it out. They prefer the leaves in it vs the stem part
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