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Deer are not house pets, yet.

Updated on February 16, 2010

Deer are not house pets, yet.

Deer in the back yard have become a necessary evil in modern suburbia. We were here first, but they don't seem to get it.

Throughout the Summer they trim our flowers to ground level. Evidently they want more.

A wintry day in the back yard

All quiet on the southern front... but that's about to change.
All quiet on the southern front... but that's about to change.

This house is for the birds

Birds only, please.
Birds only, please.

These critters are welcome to have a knosh

Here comes trouble

A quadruped. Not avian.
A quadruped. Not avian.

A bad idea

It this actually worth the effort?
It this actually worth the effort?

The birds defer

How many sunflower seeds does it take to fill up?
How many sunflower seeds does it take to fill up?

Thanks for the snack

We'll be back for the hydrangeas.
We'll be back for the hydrangeas.

Nature shares its bounty in the back yard

The good guys return.
The good guys return.


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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @habee: lol! Great point! We may need to eat those deer when we go into survival mode.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Feed those poor deer! With the way the economy is going, you never know when you might have to eat one! Don't feed deer corn. This type of corn often contains a high level of aflatoxin that can kill deer and birds. Besides, corn is only 10% protein, and deer need more. You'd do better to put out a mineral block and some fresh water for the deer.

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      drbj and sherry 8 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, nicomp, those are great photos. I can identify with your good fortune in having wild animals to view in your back yard.

      My oldest son lives in Naples, FL in a home surrounded by forest on three sides. Although his property is fenced, if he forgets to put the lid tight on the outside trash can, around one or two in the morning he's visited by several very large bears. Yes, they have bears in Florida.

      I've seen photos of them climbing the fence and scrounging in the garbage that are taken by security cameras he has installed.

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      I enjoyed this.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Aya Katz: yep. That's the south 40.

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Nicomp, is that really your back yard? You seem to live in winter wonderland equal to any Disney movie!

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      50 Caliber 8 years ago from Arizona

      Deer don't/won't eat hay. It would have to be shelled corn or sweet feed. Deer are a dangerous animal regardless of how much fun it is to watch them. They are armed with some sharp hooves and after being on the receiving end of an injured deer that was hit by a car I have respect for them as while I tried to put one out of it's misery and getting my butt kicked literally I pulled my pistol and did it at a 10 foot or so safety zone. The deer could not stand but trying to finish it with a knife was a bad idea. At the copper mine here in Arizona they banned employees from feeding them. They had a bench and table set up at the top of a dump and the drivers would stop and eat lunch there and the deer would come and eat what they shared. One night a sole driver stopped to eat and refused to share, the deer single or plural hurt this man to the point of him being hospitalized from the wounds he recieved over a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The deer were executed the next night and a sign banning the feeding of all wild animals was posted at all lunch areas.

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      Tom Whitworth 8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Yummy venison!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      The deer have descended upon us as well. All I can think of is ticks!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @lmmartin: Thank you! Alfalfa hay? We were thinking about a 12 foot fence. ;)

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      lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      A lovely photo essay. Why don't you put out a feeder for the deer as well -- I'm sure they'd love a bale of good alfalfa hay.


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