Body Condition Score Chart

Body Condition Score Chart

Body Condition Score (BCS) is a quick method for assessing the health, well-being and nutritional status of adult hinds. BCS is assessed on a five-point scale, with 5 representing ‘very good condition’ (fat) and 1 representing ‘very poor condition’ (emaciated). For hinds in moderately good condition or better, BCS is a reflection of the amount of subcutaneous fat. However, for hinds of poor condition that carry very little fat, it also reflects loss of muscle mass. These characteristics are mostly easily assessed over the rump and hip bone, but also over the length of the spine.

Body condition scoring is also a very useful management tool. 

For more information on BCS as a management tool >>

Welfare implications

The welfare of deer (as well as their productivity) is compromised if their BCS drops below 2. At this point, those managing deer must under the Deer Code of Welfare take "immediate remedial action through veterinary attention, improved nutrition or husbandry practice to both remedy and prevent further deterioration and any risk to animal health or welfare."

See the Deer Code of Welfare >>

See the Body Condition Score Chart For Deer >>

Body Condition Score Chart Example