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Do deers eat small birds and small animal ?

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  • #16
    Herbivores will make use of any available protein source. This includes raiding bird nests. They don't have to be starving.

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    • #17
      Beekeeper is right, as a Forestry Tech, I've seen it be more of a protein defficiency rather than a calcium deff.

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      • #18
        48 hours ago I would have said no they do not eat meat. But last evening my Daughter and I saw something that changed my thinking. We where watching a doe and it's last year fawns at our bird feeder when a small bird flew down and landed by the doe the deer was courious and nosed/licked it three times than lost interest, one of the fawns then went to it , licked it once than picked it up and chomped it in half, chewed and swallowed,then picked up the rest and downed that to! I have hunted deer for over thirty years and watch them all the time and I couldnt believe it myself!! Maybe the mothers sent on the bird prompted the young to think it was ok to eat, I really do not know. N Minnesota the land of meat eating deer!!

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        • #19
          This is a very interesting question. In my youth the farmers of this area would catch river run sucker fish and put them around fruit trees. I was a very young man and I never did know this reason for this activity, but all of the local farmers did it. Back to the question, I have seen deer feed on these decaying fish and on many occasions.

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          • #20
            There is documented scientific literature out there showing (video) of deer eating nestlings from bird nests. Small birds that nest in the same grasses the deer are browsing.

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            • #21
              Here's the article I was thinking of:
              http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1674/0003-0031(2000)144%5B0419%3AWTDOVP%5D2.0.CO%3B2?cookieS et=1&journalCode=amid

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              • #22
                That article also references several more articles about nestling predation, predation on birds caught in mist nets, and eating of fish.

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                • #23
                  Just a little addition here, I learned a few weeks later that the bird that was eaten by the deer was a Redpull and that it was probly sick from eating sunflower seeds that where on the ground to long, found several that had died. I hear that they get a type of food poisining fron that. That explains why it did not fly away.

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                  • #24
                    mostly all the birds are plant eaters

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                    • #25
                      Most deers are vegetarians but some will eat bird eggs and sometimes birds.

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                      • #26
                        no

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                        • #27
                          Deer are herbavores. But they may accidently eat some bugs, but it doesn't get digested.

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                          • #28
                            i dont think so

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                            • #29
                              deer do eat birds ebcause of their nutrients in their bodys

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                              • #30
                                deer do eat birds ebcause of their nutrients in their bodys

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