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TwisterRush 11-27-2009 11:53 PM

Baby Calf
Hey everyone !

My dad he is a Livestock hauler( which trust me he doesnt like to do, he loves the cows and feels horrible for having to drive them to their death)
Anyways, He had a cow, give birth on the trailer, and if a cow has a baby on the trailer, the trucker can keep it.
The mother cow passed away, so my dad is bringing home the calf, he said its a boy.
When he called to tell me about it, the calf was only an hour old, and was starting to walk.
Anyways, they bought him a water tub, a bottle and milk replacer.
He is brown and white, I will be taking care of him ( i take care of all the animals, and usually take care of any rescue's, injury's etc or strays, Injuries only if a vet isnt present and cant get there)

Anyway's, you usually have to open his mouth, and tickle the roof of his mouth to get him to suck your finger, than pop in the water bottle.

Any more tips ?
I did this before, when my friend had a baby deer they found on the side of the highway, i took care of him the whole summer and bottle fed him etc.

They will be back home at 5AM. More photos and news will follow :) !

thunderhooves 11-28-2009 12:08 AM

Oh! How sad! Good luck with him! And post plenty of pics of himwhen he gets here!
A couple tips, even though Ive never raised a baby cow or deer or anything like that:
* keep him warm, calves need that.
And from online:
First, make sure that you get colostrum for the new calf. This is what the calf would receive from the mother cow in the first day or two of life. It contains much needed nutrients and antibodies to put the calf on the road to health. As small as a calf may appear, it needs to consume at least two quarts of colostrum for it to get the needed benefits.

Start a nursing and feeding schedule for your new calf.

ok....just read this:
How to Care for an Orphan Calf |

TwisterRush 11-28-2009 12:14 AM

Thank you TH ! :)

Definitally lots of photos, i will read lots of things, also what is colostrum ? where can i purchase it ?

He will be taking over the colts shelter, for now :)
So he will be blocked from any kind of elements that should arise.

LeahKathleen 11-28-2009 12:21 AM

Colostrum is something in horse and cow (possibly other livestock) milk that babies need. I am not sure, but I think it should be in the milk replacement. Ask your vet to be sure though.

Someone else on here who breeds might have more/better info for you on that.

TwisterRush 11-28-2009 12:37 AM

Okay :)
Well i will definitally wait for some more replys, im sure it would be in the milk replacer, any idea's how long i should be feeding him milk replacer ? he will have hay and water, for when i am not around, but he will still be getting his milk replacer.

thunderhooves 11-28-2009 12:44 AM

Babies can't eat hay! But they can start after 1 this too!
How to Feed an Orphaned Calf |

TwisterRush 11-28-2009 12:49 AM

He will have it to lay down on.
I dont think he would eat it really, but i do have shavings that they use in the trailers to use for him, so he can lay down. ?

lacyloo 11-28-2009 12:52 AM

Goodluck with him.Iv only dealt with baby goats and I know its touch and go for the first few days.I had twins survive without the colostrum but they never did reach the weight typical for the breed "Boer".

But I will have to careful,Dont get attached.

TwisterRush 11-28-2009 01:00 AM

i will try my best not to get attached, ive always had a difficulty with that, especially if i will be playing mommy to it until it is weaned and if it does hopefully make it, to growing up.
Lol, i will probably claim him as my calf and oh boy.

TwisterRush 11-28-2009 10:05 AM

Alrighty - UPDATE-
Calf is still healthy and breathing, they will be home soon, hour or less.
he is brown and white, he will be coming to stay in the house for awhile to warm up, and so i can feed and care for him easily, and also monitor him.
Photos will follow :) !

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