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#477423 - 11/01/07 05:20 PM Alfalfa Cubes
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Is it possible to use alfalfa cubes sold at local feed stores as a supplemental feed instead of corn?
This is just a curiousity question and not supplemental feeding debate.

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#477515 - 11/01/07 06:28 PM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Aviator]
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We put some feed and water out behind our house for our "pet" deer. We enjoy just watching them. I bought some of those cubes at Tractor Supply and the deer have not touched them. It's been about 4 days. Maybe when it gets colder but anyhow I thought they would eatum up. Not yet.
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#477538 - 11/01/07 06:50 PM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Dapper]
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I have fed them alfalfa pellets and they went berserk over them. Plus the coons didn't seem to bother them either. I do not know what an alfalfa cube is.
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#477550 - 11/01/07 07:07 PM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: lostsoul]
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We feed them to our horses. Instead of pellets they come in cubed form. Here is a picture of what I am talking about.

http://www.wellingalfalfa.com/products_alfalfa.html

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#477551 - 11/01/07 07:09 PM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Dapper]
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 Originally Posted By: Dapper
We put some feed and water out behind our house for our "pet" deer. We enjoy just watching them. I bought some of those cubes at Tractor Supply and the deer have not touched them. It's been about 4 days. Maybe when it gets colder but anyhow I thought they would eatum up. Not yet.


I would of expected them to tear them up also.

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#477571 - 11/01/07 07:28 PM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Dapper]
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 Originally Posted By: Dapper
We put some feed and water out behind our house for our "pet" deer. We enjoy just watching them. I bought some of those cubes at Tractor Supply and the deer have not touched them. It's been about 4 days. Maybe when it gets colder but anyhow I thought they would eatum up. Not yet.
thems deer don't know what they're missing....I've tamed wild angus calves with range cubes before....bout a week, had em eating out of my hand. Don't think your yard pets will be doing that, but it is a testament to how delicious they must be....btw, how come you can say beers but you can't say deers? \:D


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#477575 - 11/01/07 07:34 PM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Aviator]
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 Originally Posted By: Aviator
Is it possible to use alfalfa cubes sold at local feed stores as a supplemental feed instead of corn?
This is just a curiousity question and not supplemental feeding debate.
bound to be more healthy (I think) corn is fattening...I have some rabbits and some laying hens and my wife accidently get whole shelled corn. My rabbits and hens turned noses and beaks up at it...So I wonder if presented to deer, in a taste test which would they prefer...after season is over why don't you break out an experiment: a pile of corn and pile of range cubes and stick a trail cam on it....don't know if turkeys will skew the results on the corn though...but you'll have photo data to see who's in which pile with the most frequency. I wonder which is more digestible and more beneficial for a deer's system...maybe recruit BSK for an answer to this...but only for the sole purpose of a hypothesis...we know that communial feeding piles are not healthy for wild game due to propensity for disease sharing....remember this though, the Creator equipped deer to be browsers not grazers or troughers


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#477591 - 11/01/07 07:46 PM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Stovepipe]
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Sounds like a good experiment.
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#478065 - 11/02/07 08:11 AM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Aviator]
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A deer's mouth is not designed to eat cubes but they will readily eat alfalfa pellets. They have a hard time with cubes so there will be little use. You can often find alfalfa pellets sold as rabbit food.
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#478078 - 11/02/07 08:31 AM Re: Alfalfa Cubes [Re: Aviator]
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I have put out alfalfa pellets, beet pulp & corn mix, this summer as an experiment and they ate all the corn, most of beet pulp, but left the alfalfa pellets. (turkey & deer)

My wife bought the pellets for other purposes so I tried them.

This could change with colder weather and less desirable browse.

I might also add, they had a fresh alfalfa field 300' away.

But in the dead of winter I'll try again with what I have left.
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