These are our Fawns Sires for 2018!
Fawns are as cute as can be and summer is always an exciting time of year at Southern Empire Whitetails!
Whitetail deer gestation is approximately 200 days...with most babies arriving during the months of May, June and July.
We rise early each summer morning and head to the deer pens to see if any babies have been born.
When we have had a wet spring, looking for the newborns is a lot like an Easter egg hunt. Momma deer hide their young and tell them not to move. So the search for the little ones - singletons, twins or triplets is quite interesting.
Once the young are at least 24 hours old, they are given ear tags and medications. Each is weighed and hair samples are pulled for DNA purposes. We, also, provide deer fawn nutritional supplements - primarily probiotics paste. In the case of triplets, the smallest baby is pulled for bottle-raising. We pull only the doe fawns and in rare ocasions a buck fawn that has being rejected by his mom. We bottle-raise our little girls using Superior Milk Replacers (or goat's milk) .
The spotted fawns are well camouflaged by mother nature with little white markings which will fade in about 3 months.
The babies nurse often, and the mother always licks the newborn clean so that little odor is left on the baby. This helps protect the young from danger in the wild.
After about a week, the newborns will begin to eat feed. In a few weeks, the young will really begin to exercise their little legs. Watching the little ones run and play with one another is quite amusing. It's obvious that hanging out with their buddies is great fun!
While they are hard to part with, we do have young does for sale on an annual basis. Typically, all bucks are held until they are three years old; thus, bucks are generally not available until they are older.
As a side note, we receive a lot of inquiries from individuals wishing to purchase a fawn to bottle raise as a pet. There are rules and regulations for having deer in captivity and is required to have a permit in the state of Alabama. Sorry, but we only sell deer to other breeders and to individuals who wish to improve the genetics of deer on their ranch. Thanks, though, for your interest...the fawns are pretty irresistible!
As soon as the fawns are born we will post pictures! They should start arriving by the end of MAY 2018!!!
If you own or want to start a Deer Breeder Farm and want to buy a fawn please let us know as soon as possible, the demand is high and they will be sold out fast!.
Visits are only allowed by appointment only.
1. Pet's are NOT allowed at the farm at any time.
2. When you arrive at our farm, drive very slow and park your car at the designated area.
3. DO NOT approach the pens without authorization. (Deer are a pray animal and they get really nervous. They may hit the fence and hurt themselves.)
We advise that you carry out a risk assessment during your pre-visit.
You, your family and/or students should wear appropriate outdoor clothing, including sturdy shoes.
Parents, Teachers/ group leaders are responsible for their children’s behavior throughout the visit. The children should understand how to behave on a farm and always follow the instructions of your tour guide.
How to behave on our farm:
We comply with Health and Safety Regulations, and it is important that all children and supervising adults are aware of the correct Health & Safety guidelines.
We advise families and teachers and others who organize visits to farms, on controlling the risk of infection from animal contact.
Every animal carries a variety of micro-organisms, several of which are capable of being transferred to humans and causing infection.
Although the hazard from infection following a farm visit is real, the risk is small because it can be readily controlled by following the steps outlined below.
Before Your Visit:
During Your Visit.
Please make sure that the children: