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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 :) !
 

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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 | eHow.com
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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. ?
 

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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 say...be careful,Dont get attached.
 

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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.
 

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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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you must be busy with him to not have gotton us PICS yet! lol!
 

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Alright everyone !

Bad news: i dont have pictures yet...

Good News: He is warmed up now, when he got here, he was an hour at least from dying, and hopefully we did enough to get him back on track to being alive.
He is breathing normally, he is nice and warm, he will be inside the house for a few days, in our biggest dogs kennel, he still isnt strong enough to lift his head very well, but he can with effort. So he isnt strong enough to stand up yet.
he is feeding, but we had to start feeding him through a oral syringe.
The Nipple bottle, was to much work for him.
He is really cute <3
Right now, he is just relaxing, ive tried to feed him alot of the special milk stuff we got him, and he took it with abit of encouragement, but right now he doesnt want anymore, i think he will need some time to just relax abit and etc.

Im hoping that he doesnt have anything contagious, that could pass onto my parrots, they are in a seperate room but still... i dont know if he would, he is only 15 or so hours old ?

Ill keep you all UPDATED !

It has been abit of a struggle, with holding his head up, and getting him to suck, but we did it :) Im Really hoping he will make it, Fingers Crossed !
 

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awwww! I don't think parrots and cows can share diseases............ again, Good Luck!
 

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I would still hate for them to catch anything, i doubt they will though.
as long as there isnt any contact :)

Anyways, photos soon to come ( as soon as my dad brings the camera back !)

(BTW we named him Boo Bear, Boo For short)

Boo Bear is sleeping Now <3 :)
 

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so cute! Just the image in my head is so ute! I'm sure EVERYONE will "Awww!" at the pics when you post them!
 

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tr if you have a dairy farm near you they are generally the experts at raising bobby calves as they do it all the time don't be afraid to go ask for help good luck with him
 

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Hey, hope he gets well. I know quite alot about showing cows, calve bottling, cow behaviour etc.(even have the certificate to show ^^lol not bragging or anything :p)
When you feed him the milk, if you can, try to make him arch his neck up so that the milk go's into the right stomach so he doesn't get Diarrhoea.
Try to get him on calf pellets as soon as possible, so try to get him to sniff them or lick and get used to them.
He shouldn't have any disease's that will hurt your birds, but if your really worried, give him a bit of a wash to clean him up. I would get worried about disease's if he starts coughing up blood, or gets yucky stuff in his eyes and can't open his eyes or his breathing is bad or a temperature.
I hope he got the colostum from his mum before you took him as he needs that for his body to be able to fight infection and disease's off better while he is still a baby. perhaps ask farmers around where you live if they have any milking cows that have just had a still birth or can put another calf on them?
A little calf I was looking after had to be put on a milking cow who had lost her baby at still birth. She is very healthy now though.


^ Her name is Sweetie and she is a Charbray(Charloais x Brahman)
Hope everything works out and would love to see some pictures. :)
 
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