Thursday, September 3, 2009


The deer are coming for food and water several times a day these days.

I put fresh water and some old lettuce out and two adult does watched me from the field and then came to eat and drink.

15 minutes later, I saw the babies peering over and realized the food and water was gone.

So I went back out and refreshed the supply and put down some bird seed (They eat it out of the feeders anyway!) and more water. They watched my every move from near by and then hurried over to have dinner.

I snuck back in the house and took these pictures. They're not very good, but I got them.

They are all so thirsty and hungry that they are less and less skittish about humans.

I think they've figured out that I bring good stuff!


Nutty Gnome said...

Wow, you lucky thing to have semi-tame deer in your garden! I was happy with badgers and foxes!!!

I wandered into your blog from elsewhere (My Little Acre - possibly?!) and I'm glad I did. I've had a lovely time reading all your posts - so, thanks for a great blog. Enjoy your day! :)

Linda/Central Texas Gardener said...

Oh, that is so wonderful! You made my day.

I don't have deer, but the birds stare at me until I get their food. They are all depending on us now.

Bonnie said...

We have a deer feeder in our neighbors yard and there are at least 10 deer out there every morning as we walk out to the bus stop.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

How sweet! Hopefully if you keep feeding them they won't eat from your garden.

Janet said...

You have a big heart! There is a special place in heaven for you.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The drought is so hard on every living creature. Too bad they don't migrate to a better climate.

rambleonrose said...

Those bowls are beautiful! I have some very similar to those. It's wonderful of you to provide for the deer in straightened circumstances.

PS--I tagged you for a meme; check out my blog to see what it is!

Gail said...

I love your big heart must be a difficult time for wildlife with the continued drought. Water must be the most difficult to find.


getgrounded said...

Diana, bless you for seeing those starving babies! I know the deer can be pests, but they are so beautiful and it's sad when there is nothing to eat and drink for them. You're a good mom...

Lancashire rose said...

Good for you Diana.I have been pulling out my old chard and leaving it out for the deer. We have a creek nearby that runs all the time so I think they are OK for water but they are all looking mighty skinny. We talked about buying a bag of corn. I think my neighbors do that. It is just so sad to see not a single blade of green out there. What a summer to be born.

Diana said...

Nutty Gnome -- Thanks for the lovely comments. I've been to your blog, but haven't there commented yet, but I am watching you build the tea house! What an amazing challenge. You are brave - good luck with that - I'll be following along.

Linda/CTG -- They are so sweet. They feel like my pets at this point. I feed and water them twice a day right now and they are waiting for it, but they are still very skinny.

Bonnie -- Oh - a deer feeder. THAT's a concept. That might be more than we need though. Then we'd have a herd! Right now I have 2 does and their babies.

Robin -- They seem to be leaving the garden alone as long as there is bird seed and corn and water around.

Janet - Awww - you're sweet!

Lisa -- That's a good point. I wonder why they don't. Maybe it's just not QUITE bad enough. Though it SEEMS bad enough.

Ramble On Rose -- I had some ugly metal bowl out there and decided if this is going to be a permanent part of my garden, it might as well be pretty! And I am going to get to the meme -- I'm just behind on blog stuff these days while I try to keep the garden alive.

Gail - you wouldn't believe how fast they empty that whole bowl. It holds more than a gallon and they can drink it all in a few minutes out there.

Get Grounded - Thanks -- I do kinda feel like their mom. It's like they are my newest dogs!

Lancashire Rose -- They are just starving out there. They eat our bird seed and I am happy they do. I give them a little corn and we have a protein block out there that they eat on that my DH got at Callahan's. It's great you put out the chard -- I'm sure they'd love some corn, too.

Annie in Austin said...

We don't have deer now, Diana, but at our last house they were most thrilled with the rinds from watermelon...maybe your Labor Day picnic will be their picnic, too?

They're lucky to live near you ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Annie -- What a great tip. I put a few bites of watermelon rind out tonight to see if my girls like it. We're working on 1/2 a watermelong right now and I'd love to be able to share it with them! Thanks.