We have been so amazed at the interactions between the mule deer and our free range hens. They hens act like the deer are cows or horses, just more livestock that lives with us. The deer are often curious about the hens and will go up to them and sniff them. They also choose to lay down near them. I think it is a mutual instinct where they have more eyes to watch out for predators. I always feel safer for the hens when the does and fawns are about. These pics I took today right outside my house. The deer are here on our property all the time now because we have water out and it has been so dry there is no natural water anywhere in the area. The coop and garden are in the background. This little guy got pecked in the nose by the BR right after I took the pic. He jumped back and went over to lay down near his Mom. I have seen nine fawns at the same time here this year. And a shot of part of the herd. That is my art studio in the background.