Fawning at Thunderhill

June 24th, 2008

June is a busy time at the ranch when the fawns are beginning to be born. The mothers of the first born fawns had been artificially inseminated by James C. Kroll “Dr. Deer” with some of our Redoy Marlin and Hock semen.

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In preparation for the fawning, the doe pens are mowed in the center area leaving the grass long at the upper and lower ends of the pens. That way, Brand and Chad Barington can catch the day old fawns hidden in the high grass. The does are observed either from the observation building or by driving along the fence line at dawn and dusk. Does who have fawned will hide the babies in the tall grass. Brad or Chad walk in the pen looking for the hidden fawns. They gently picks them up to identify and tag.

First the fawn is put into a bag to be weighed. Weights are generally between 6 and 9.5 pounds. Then they are identified as male or female and tagged accordingly. Fawns are given a small vaccination to help with the lung development. Lastly, they are gently placed back into the grass into the mother’s care.

The does at Thunderhill have many sets of twins and occasionally triplets. As of Sunday, June 22nd, 38 fawns had been born and tagged.

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