FEATURED WILDLIFE ARTICLES
Lessons from the Farm
What we’ve learned can help you care for the wildlife on your land.
Information from Our Wildlife Experts
Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about wildlife.
What are the potential dangers to deer if they consume too much starch?
Like all ruminants, deer need a proper rumen environment to maintain the populations of microbes that digest the plants they eat. Normal rumen pH is very mildly acidic. However, too much starch, especially if consumed in a short time, results in a great deal of lactic acid being produced in the rumen. This drops the pH, making the rumen much more acidic and killing off the vital microbes. This can result in founder, acidosis and even death.