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#441101 - 10/10/07 09:11 PM Re: Suplimental Feeding [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
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Now some have had great success feeding pure soybeans, but they admit they often have to mix considerable amounts of corn with the soybeans to get the deer on the feed, at least early in the process. That in itself worries me a little.
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I have been told the same thing! It makes me wonder? What is causing that? Is it because the deer in the area have become acustomed to being fed corn from feeders?

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#441603 - 10/11/07 07:10 AM Re: Suplimental Feeding [Re: Aviator]
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It's because deer don't normally eat large amounts of raw soybeans. Deer absolutely love eating the soybean plants, but eating the seed itself isn't as much of a staple in their diet.

In addition, after talking to a deer nutritional specialist, I worry that soybeans and corn don't have adequate amounts of fiber. Deer fed one or both often display problems with a lack of fiber in their diet.
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#441883 - 10/11/07 10:11 AM Re: Suplimental Feeding [Re: BSK]
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Bryan a lot of folks here in Texas have gone to feeding roasted soybeans..usually in a spinner with corn. The mixes tout themselves to typcially net out around 16% protein.

Aren't roasted soybeans straight up a little to hot in protein content for a deer's digestive system?


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#441955 - 10/11/07 10:30 AM Re: Suplimental Feeding [Re: 1Roscoe]
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No, some plants deer eat are 30+% protein, but it would matter how much of their diet is heavy protein. As long as deer also have natural browse, that has a lot of fiber, they will be OK.
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