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Old 08-01-2009, 06:48 PM  
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How Many Babies Do Deer Usually Have??

I guess I always thought they had 1 or 2 babies, but this year, we seem to have 1 momma, with 3 babies.
Does that seem normal?
At first I thought maybe another momma deer was hanging around and I just couldn't see her along the trees, but I keep seeing the 3 babies out in my field together, and usually I see 1 mother with them.
Does anyone else notice, or know about these things?
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:50 PM  
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Our resident doe has twins or triplets every year. There's a betting pool in the house every spring.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:54 PM  
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Jane had twins one year, never had any triplets, though. (She was our favorite doe...hunter's got her about three years ago.)
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:26 PM  
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Well I don't know about deer, but we do have a moose who has triplets nearly every year. We named her Willow, and the bull that hangs around her is Charlie.
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Jane had twins one year, never had any triplets, though. (She was our favorite doe...hunter's got her about three years ago.)
HA! It took me a second to get that......Jane Doe! Too funny merleliz!!!!

Sorry, didn't mean to get off topic, I've never heard of triplets but I don't see why it couldn't happen, probably just rare that all three survive.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:15 PM  
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they typically have 1 or 2 but could have triplets it's probably like horses having twins if they happen to have moe then 2 chances of all surviving are lower, also I've heard of does adopting orphaned fawns
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We have one in our woods with triplets this year. We've been calling her "Jane" also!
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:33 AM  
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A couple weeks ago my grandma saw a doe with triplets on our farm. My hubby and I had a doe with twins behind our house last year. I love watching deer!!
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:45 PM  
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About 5 yrs ago a doe who'd annually have twins, produced triplets one year. Often the third baby doesn't make it as the doe has only two taps. All three reached maturity. One fawn remained the size of a yearling and she produced twins her first year. It was strange to see her with her two yearlings as big as her.
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I have only seen twins, I may live in deer county but I never get tired of seeing them.
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Triplets are extremely rare. Mothers only have what they can support and in years with bad food supplies they most often have one. In good years you will see more twins. Genetics does play a factor, but most often carrying capacity of the habitat they live in helps to determine the number of fawns.

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