|08-01-2009, 07:48 PM|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Eastern Shore of Maryland
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?
|08-01-2009, 07:54 PM|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Fairburn, Georgia
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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|08-01-2009, 09:26 PM|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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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|08-01-2009, 09:35 PM|
Join Date: Mar 2007
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.
|08-02-2009, 04:45 PM|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
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.
|08-02-2009, 11:28 PM|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Big Creek, MS
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.
- Thanks to MSU for my many wildlife classes.
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