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    Calf will not drink!

    I guess I should have been more clear when I wrote my first message. This calf will drink well with a bottle (nipple), it is that she will not drink on her own, without me putting my finger in her mouth. I am trying to train her to drink from a bucket. She has been off the bottle for about a...
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    Calf will not drink!

    Linda I wondered about that actually. If she does have a cleft palatae what do I do? I sorta think she does have one, but I will check when I feed today. If she has one, does that mean she will never grow out of it?
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    Calf will not drink!

    That is funny you mention that, because my sister in law just told me the other day that she read an article that calves need to suck for a certain amount of time to develop thier stomachs or something correctly. I think I will get a bottle tommrow at SS and do that. That way I don't have to...
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    Calf will not drink!

    I have her on a plain ole bucket, no nipple or anything. She will go to the bucket, stick her nose in it and then look for me to help her drink. Am I being bamboozeled? :) I did let her out to play with my other calf today. She really enjoyed it. I am going to do the same tommrow. I...
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    Calf will not drink!

    Oh and she is on 'Fast Start TCR' pellets from southern states. She is in the barn in a big stall now. She will eat hay if I give it to her, right now I am feeding alfalfa/orchard grass. I acutally havent been giving her much hay though. He had her on a bucket for at least 3 weeks as far as...
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    Calf will not drink!

    Msscamp, Actually I have her on a bucket. Should I revert back to the nipple? When I got her from my friend he had moved her to the 'bucket calves' already, and she drank a little for him, but he was worried she wasn't going to make it. Anyway, I just went up to the barn after leaving her...
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    Calf will not drink!

    I took on a 6 week old twin calf from a dairy farmer friend of mine. She is very, very small for her age. She has what I would call a bulldog jaw, her bottom jaw sticks out a little more than her top jaw. My problem is that she will not drink unless I have my finger in her mouth! It is so...
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