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Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2013
10:03 PM

Post #9575024

Do deer eat fig trees? I hate to find out the hard way. :)

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2013
5:24 AM

Post #9575232

Deer eat anything people will eat plus some, protect the tips and young branches til the canes get larger.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2013
8:34 AM

Post #9575476

Yes. I'm missing two that disappeared overnight. So yes. The whole tree, leaves, baby figs, all of it. LOL! I usually don't have problems with deer. I know it was them as they left calling cards. Very polite of them.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

June 27, 2013
8:05 PM

Post #9576403

Birds ate the figs more than deer but the deer never touched the leaves. I had the fig tree from hell - brown turkey that would not die. I hacked it to the ground so many times and then danced on the roots...up it came again and again. It was just too big for spot - my fault. You can enclose it with wire screen. But not sure what you can do about birds.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2013
9:55 PM

Post #9576485

To funny, thanks!

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 28, 2013
8:08 PM

Post #9577974

I guess we grow figs, plums, peaches and everything else to feed the local wildlife.
As long as we've had those trees, we've never gotten a single piece of fruit!!

I know the deer have been fond of my tomato plants. I've lost count of how many plants they've actually eaten. I love them and the bunnies. so I guess I don't mind feeding them. I've thought out putting out deer corn and carrots, but not sure if those might attract more than the deer and bunnies (??)
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

June 28, 2013
8:13 PM

Post #9577985

bunnies prefer marigolds. No kidding!
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2013
8:37 PM

Post #9578009

Yes, these deer are so tame you can yell at them and they wont run away. They eat most everything, but I wasn't sure about the figs since I never planted them before. I heard or read the leaves have a mild irritant with in them that the deer may not prefer. Well at least not unless it's the only option with this 100+ degree weather we're having.

They eat most of the bottom branches of most any fruit trees and ornamentals they can. I did have some Loquats and peaches earlier in the year, but I believe the racoons or possums got them.

Take Care,
Dean

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2013
3:55 AM

Post #9578274

Feed em the corn, their moisture mostly comes from the vegetation they eat so leave water somewhere too for the short critters as well.

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