The warm dry weather has given the fawns a good chance to grow. As they become less dependent upon their mothers the deer are becoming more sociable again.
The first fawn was born on the 18th June which was a bit later than expected. For the first couple of days you could hardly see it. He would lie down tight in the grass allowing us to approach and even touch him. By the time he was 3 days old, as you approached he would get up and sprint off with the rest of the herd.
In the early evening the doe will ‘bark’ from across the field, this is the signal for the fawn to get up for a feed.
The final fawn arrived on the 17th July. The weather was good for the month and all the fawns were doing well. Now in mid August, the fawns run with the herd all the time and some of them are already about half their mothers height.
The black bucks antlers are begining to show some palmation which is good to see in a 2 year old. The velvet should begin to clean off by the end of the month.