Monday, February 2, 2009

JR's Gruel and Hungry Deer

Yesterday I increased Jr's food intake to 3 tubes of 3 ounces of gruel 3 times a day. 27 ounces surely seems like enough to make him grow faster. He weighed 29 pounds last Friday when I weighed him (4 months old). I'm having to mix up a lot more now. I keep it in the frig and then syringe it into the tubes a couple of ounces at a time.
I just drop the capped tubes into hot water to warm it up, when warm, I wrap the tubes in towels which I keep inside my jacket until I get to the barn.

The dogs and I took a walk out behind the house. The deer have pretty much taken down all my fences to get into my little grove for food. There are apple and pine trees there. You can see where they have been digging for the apples. Poor deer. They are pretty hungry this winter and we have way too many here in midMichigan. When I was young, we had to go "UpNorth" to see any. I'm thinking we will be having a big put up fence party when the ground thaws.
Behind this grove is horse pasture and then an open corn field. The wild turkeys have been very busy scrounging in the corn field this week.


Meg said...

I'm so glad to hear about Junior!!! Come on 30lbs!!!!!

Marie said...

I hope it tastes better than it looks for Jr's sake. =)

Margaret said...

So good to see Jr. eating well, and tagging on the previous comment, lol, given how it looks..., especially so! ;)

I watch with interest Jr.'s progress and your wonderful care of him. :D

critter lover said...

What a rough winter for the deer! I know it can be a "Grueling" job for you at times feeding Jr. 3 times a day, but I can actually SEE the growth in him now! Thanks for hanging in there with him, Maple!