Feeding 3 week old orphan

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Re: Feeding 3 week old orphan

Post by M.Magis » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:50 pm

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You may have to catch the whole group of cows and calves to get the one calf.
Thats how it ended up working out. He followed them into the barn and I managed to sort the rest out and pen him up. He’s a lot less stressed than yesterday, but still not pleased to be in the pen. He doesn’t seem overly hungry yet, so he may have been stealing a few snacks. I’ll force the bottle on him in the morning. I wanted to give him time to settle. My 10 year old was needing a 4H steer, so this will be his project once the calf is accustomed to the bottle. Thanks for the help.



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Re: Feeding 3 week old orphan

Post by M.Magis » Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:03 pm

Gotta bottle in him. Took some wrestling, but once I got him trapped and put the nipple in his mouth, he remembered he was hungry. I'm still not his favorite person yet, but hopefully by weeks end he'll come around.

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Re: Feeding 3 week old orphan

Post by 76 Bar » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:32 pm

M.Magis wrote:
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Gotta bottle in him. Took some wrestling, but once I got him trapped and put the nipple in his mouth, he remembered he was hungry. I'm still not his favorite person yet, but hopefully by weeks end he'll come around.
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Re: Feeding 3 week old orphan

Post by TCRanch » Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:22 pm

Getting the one you want is almost always easier if you bring in a group. And that goes for cows & bulls! Well done & congrats on getting him on the bottle! Plan B if the rope doesn't work: The Calf Catch is one of the best investments I've made.
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Re: Feeding 3 week old orphan

Post by farmerjan » Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:19 pm

I would think that in most cases, wrestling with him and the bottle for a couple times will probably result in his figuring that you might be strange looking, but you have something he wants in that bottle and will start to come to you for it. It's the first couple of tries that will "try your patience." Congrats on getting him in and working with him.

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Re: Feeding 3 week old orphan

Post by M.Magis » Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:25 pm

Well, so far this has gone much easier than expected. This mornings bottle went well but still had to corner him, tonight he walked over and took it with no holding required. Kids are enjoying it too, so a little bit of a silver lining I guess.

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Re: Feeding 3 week old orphan

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:18 pm

Good job. Always a good feeling when you "save' one.
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