Country Living Series

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Honestly, who needs cattle?

I've mentioned over and over again how many deer we have around us here in our new place. Several times I've glanced out the window and my first thought is, "Cows." As in, livestock are grazing in the pasture. Which, in a way, they are.

We'll have whole herds just hang around, lounging in the field, resting or grazing.

They seem very much at ease, and in fact are quite fearless.

Many times they'll be right outside our windows.


I like deer, and since at the moment we have nothing they can destroy (such as a garden), I don't get annoyed with them. Really, it's like having a herd of tiny cattle all over the place. Pity they can't be milked.

Until such time as we have cattle competing with them, we'll just enjoy the sights.

12 comments:

  1. How blessed you are to have these beautiful animals right in your own front yard! I love their sweet faces. Thank you so much for sharing your wild life with us.

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  2. You can milk them if you can catch them.

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  3. Patrice, the ones at my parents' house are also pretty fearless. They are certainly fun to watch.

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  4. Just make sure that you know who is the little girl deer! 👍

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  5. I love them so much I cooked venison fajitas for supper!
    XaLynn

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  6. Deer are lovely to look at but really terrible for gardens. I like to take photos of them drinking out of the birdbaths with my game camera but I am not too happy about meeting them in my back yard. They sometimes seem to have trouble seeing fences properly, I have had good luck with my five foot fences around a crowded garden of raised beds with lots of obstructions in their landing area. It would probably not work if they were really hungry, but here in middle Alabama they seem to look for easier pickings that they don't have to work to get to. I have more problems with insect pests.

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  7. Any Mammal CAN be milked... some are just harder to than others (or don't produce enough milk to be worth it).
    It would be neat if you got them to trust you enough to be able to try...

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  8. The wildlife that allows us to view them, are very much appreciated. We have many deer here, but we only see them on the cameras. Once the orchard goes in, we may see more, which might become a trouble. We really enjoy the coming weeks, when all the babies are born!

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  9. We have so many deer here in the Hamptons they're honestly a menace. No predators = mucho deer. They're frequently milling around my yard too, which means my dogs go insane barking at them.

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  10. How is the deer tick situation in your area?

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  11. Sure hope those giant antlered rats don't get to your new, potted trees sitting on your porch! Even worse, they don't taste good at all; Elk and Moose, yeah, yum. I wouldn't feed venison to my dogs.

    And, yeah, how is the Lyme Disease/Deer tick situation there in the wilds of Nawthun' Idaho?

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  12. Well, I've milked sheep, goats, and a horse with a *really* engorged udder to allow the foal to get the teat in her mouth.

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