Yes I have thought about that. I wanted to see if there was anyone who could tell me this was something that will go away. So far not. I am going to show it to a vet Monday and see if they can diagnose it.
Toothwrecker is right on. We don't see much goiter in civilized human society, because of the iodine present in our diets, mostly through table salt. I don't know if this nutritional principle applies to deer, but if it does, maybe you can supply mineral blocks to counter a potential mineral deficiency in your deer population. I think you should do as recommend earlier and consult a veterinarian or wildlife biologist first, to see what the problem is. Goiter would not be my first guess.
"So I guess Toothwrecker is suggesting that the doe should increase the amount of fish in her diet???"==How in the world did someone come up w/ that?
I do not think people understand what the word goiter actually means. It refers to a localized swelling in the thyroid /neck area. It does not refer to the etiology that caused it. The etilogy would be something like hypothroidism, thyroid tumor, snakebite etc.
Did anyone else notice the patchiness of hair located on his sides, this is another symptom of hypothroidism.