alfalfa cubes

Discussion in 'Food Plots and Deer Management' started by ncstan, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. ncstan

    ncstan Member

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    Ihave read that deer love alfalfa hay.The problem is here in eastern N.C. it is almost impossible to come by.Has anyone used alfalfa cubes ? Stan
     
  2. buckeye dan

    buckeye dan Armed Citizen

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    I have not tried them on deer but I know a thing or two about feeding them to horses. They like them much better if you soak them. With so much green foliage that is out right now and with the hardwood mast getting ready to drop soon...I don't think I would waste my money on feed cubes. Maybe later in the winter when there is snow on the ground. (Assuming it snows in NC)

    Non medicated sweet feed for horses might be a little cheaper than the cubes and it will work year round because of the molasses. They love it and it doesn't require any special attention or care as long as water cannot stand in it. Sweet feed isn't cheap though.

    What are you trying to accomplish here? A long term feed or bait piles? If you want bait piles I can give you all sorts of super cheap alternatives. If you are going for long term feeding then I hope you have a fat wallet when using cubes, extrusions or pellets.
     
  3. ncstan

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    I feed corn year around.But I can't use any thing with molasses as I try not to attract bears.I had one salt treated stand almost destroyed by bears eating the wood.As with most of eastern N.C. corn in the field this year will be a lot scarcer due to the drought.Mast crops will not be great this year as We had a bumper crop last year.I was thinking about something to supplement tha corn on a year round basis not to replace it. Stan
     
  4. buckeye dan

    buckeye dan Armed Citizen

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    I say go for it. Try some out and see what happens. Just make sure whatever container you put them in can drain and get air. A half drum propped up off the ground by block with a bunch of holes drilled in it should suffice. A roof over it would be even better. All sorts of nasty things grow in water soaked alfalfa if it is left to stand and stay wet. It will make livestock sick so I assume the same is true for deer.

    Keep us posted if you try it. I am curious myself.
     
  5. BlackBoarDown

    BlackBoarDown Swine population reduction specialist

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    I have placed alfalfa bails out the past few seasons and found that the deer didn't know what it was so they would only pick at it at first. Not a natural forrage material for them here in central Texas. One bail would stay on the ground for several weeks. Maybe a pipe feeder with a pellet type feed would do you better. JM2C
     
  6. Raleigh Archer

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    I live in NC and tried alfalfa for the first time this year. It sat untouched until it molded. Deer ate the corn and hit the mineral lick, but not a one bothered the alfalfa even after I refreshed it.

    You can buy chopped alfalfa by the bag cheaper than corn most places where horse feed is sold.
     
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    The new guy will chime in. They don't seem to like the cubes much at all around here. Alfalfa in the field ...yes, cubes not really. Corn is the catchall favorite and it works. I supplement with other small protein pellets mixed in with the corn.
     
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    I tried them in wintertime up here in Wi. a foot of snow on the ground and the deer didn't eat them until all else is gone, not real good. I tried them as turkeys and squirrels woud eat all the corn. We are allowed only 2 gallons here.
    Redclub
     
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    Here in central Texas I use bails for Axis deer and they love it but the whitetails don't really care for it . They like the corn best
     
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    Since bear's are a concern in your area, try soybean. Deer love them and bears don't. Here in louisiana were black bears are on the comeback, soybeans have been a sucessful alturnative for corn. Alfalfa is expensive and only the rabbits here like it......Poindexter
     
  11. buckskins

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    Alfalfa pellets don't seem to appeal to deer. Deer love alfalfa but they only eat the leaves and the most tender of the stems. We raise deer and I can tell you that you are wasting your time giving them round bales as they won't tear into it like a cow will, however if you get some good 3rd or 4th cutting hay that was cut just as the flower is getting ready to bloom they will eat it. A good way to introduce it to them is to set it out when the ground gets covered with snow. Spread it out into strips about 2' wide and they will investigate at night. Get them hooked and the will be back at all times of the day. Rick
     

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