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Alfalfa Pellets as a deer feed?


Has anyone used these? They are 16% protien by volume. And they are cheaper than rice bran, and other protien blends by the bag right now.






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chip207
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I bought some cubes and the deer ate them eventually. But the hogs loved them.





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Bleeding purple
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did they hold up to any level of moisture?





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GCHunter
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I know Axis Deer freak out over it. They will munch that before corn any day





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TigerDeacon
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Alfalfa Pellets as a deer feed?


Does this have the same effect on deer as feeding them hay? I've read something about feeding them a lot of hay would kill them because of the turnover of bacteria in their stomach.






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Bleeding purple
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I have no idea but I will check.





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chip207
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when it got wet, it just lost its form and turned more leafy, it did say on the bag only feed near water. I think using regular protein pellets for deer would be your best bet but if I see some alfalfa on sale again I might buy a bag just to mix it up.





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Bleeding purple
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through Feb 23 at Tractor supply it is only $7 per 50 lb bag





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T Ba Doe Tiger
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Does this have the same effect on deer as feeding them hay? I've read something about feeding them a lot of hay would kill them because of the turnover of bacteria in their stomach.



This could be true based on the fact that axis eat it like candy n deer are reluctant. Totally different digestive system.






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GCHunter
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I have seen Axis eat an entire bail of alfalfa hay in about 6 hours. WT Deer wont touch the hay but will eventually eat the pellets. The pellets will fall apart after a rain but they will get to it.





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TigerDeacon
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According to DNR Wildlife [Deer] Biologist, Tom Litchfield, there are basically two types of hay, and neither should be used to feed wintering deer.

"Grass hay is the worst," says Litchfield. "A deer cannot digest grass fast enough to keep itself alive. It is a rumen volume thing, which is why deer are browsers (twigs and shrubs) and not grazers.

"Alfalfa hay --- a legume --- is more digestible for deer, although it's mainly just the leaves that deer select for," adds Litchfield. "But if an already stressed deer eats a large quantity of alfalfa --- especially if that deer is already losing condition and has eaten very little alfalfa in recent weeks --- it will usually be dead within 24 to 48 hours, sometimes sooner. It's that dramatic."

The reason, says Litchfield, is because naturally occurring bacteria in a deer's rumen [stomach] does most of the work associated with digestion. If a deer hasn't eaten much alfalfa recently, the rumen flora [bacteria] needed to digest that material are at very low levels. If a hungry deer suddenly finds alfalfa hay at someone's backyard feeding station and tanks up, it then has a stomach full of food it cannot digest. The end result is that the deer dies with a full stomach.

"This same scenario is true with most nutritious feeds if the deer is stressed and then suddenly comes upon an abundance of feed that it has not been eating recently," says Litchfield. "Deer are almost never single item feeders by choice, they like a variety and "famine to feast" where they can suddenly fill up on a single item is not a natural occurrence for herbivores."

Providing stressed deer herds with a sudden supply of hay is simply a case of killing them with kindness.







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Bleeding purple
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Nice find deacon. I asked a a vets opinon on the OT and he told me they were the same as cows.


I think I may add some to my corn and record rack protien mixture. I think a blend is a good idea. we also have about 8 acres of mixed food plots and a ton of natural food sources.



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