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beginner hoof exotic?

Postby Farmboy » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:30 pm

What are some good starter exotic hoofed animals? Also the price of them and general care.
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Postby Lasergrl » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:57 pm

It depends what you are looking for. Fencing is a big conscern, the deer fence is expensive stuff. You may look into muntjacs, whitetails, reindeer, yaks, fallow deer are pretty good ones depending what you want from them.

You may want to start with a bottle raised female, bucks can be dangerous so not good for beginners.
Not exotic but you cant beat goats!
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Postby Farmboy » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:49 am

Yea I really like the reindeer, but I cant find any info on them anywhere. Will they take the summer heat up to 105f? The fallw deer are cool too, and i like all the colors they come in. How much are they both? I was thinking around $500 for the fallow and I have no clue about the reindeer.
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Postby Lasergrl » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:12 am

I have seen the reindeer go for around $1000, fallow are cheap, around $100 for a doe fawn.

You dont find much info on deer as the care is all so simple. Browse, deer chow and high fencing. You can find more info if you sdearch "deer farming" more then pet deer ect.
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Postby Farmboy » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:12 pm

ok. We are about to fence in around 12 acres with the 8ft chain-linc. Would this be sufficient for about 4-6 fallow deer. Also can I keep miniature zebu cows with them? Are the sable antelope or the scimatar(sp?) oryx hard to keep?
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Postby Farmboy » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:23 pm

I have been reading up on the deer and was wandering does all kinds of bucks go into rut? That kinda scares me. lol
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Postby sueBear » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:16 pm

yes they do, so you should avoid them that time of the year. However, unless they have been bottle fed, the rest of year they should be nice.
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Postby Farmboy » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:28 pm

Yea I think deer are out.lol.
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Postby sueBear » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:52 pm

Muntjac deer are small, and I dont think you could be hurt badly by one in rut lol. They are smaller than some dogs. I think many exotic hoofed animals do have some type of rut. Unless you plan on breeding, all females would work out great.
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Postby Livingston Exotics » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:55 pm

We have a herd of around 10 muntjac and we have never had any agression problems with the bucks, they don't go into a heavy rut like some other deer. I saw you mentioned Sable antelope, they have a very nasty attitude and will kill other animals thought the fence, I have seen it happen. Scimintar oryx are a much better bet, they are fairly dossile most of the year, but we just stear clear of the bull all the time.
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Postby Livingston Exotics » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:57 pm

Also I thought I would add that Sable are high right now, they are bringing around 10,000 for adult bulls and 5000-8000 for adult cows.
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Postby Farmboy » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:07 pm

oh,ok thanks. The oryx, are they very hard to keep? what are the average prices? Are there any auctions, breeders in the south east?

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