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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    The color is off in the picture. It's orchard grass hay and actually pretty green in person.
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    Ok. I will head down to our local feed store tomorrow and see what they have in stock for horses and post back with my choices. We live in an area where few people have cattle, so choices are limited. A few counties over and there's a lot of dairy farms, but I'm not sure where the feed stores...
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    The first picture is from October 10th. The second picture is from tonight.
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    I found a few grain brands for growing calves on tractor supply's website that seem to fit the protein requirements. I'll stop by there tomorrow and pick some up. For the meantime, we'll just pull her from the pasture (she'll accept a halter) and feed her on a leadrope (that's going to get old...
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    Oh wow. That's slooooow. Thank you!
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    Yeah we're going to have to rig something up to separate during feedings.
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    Any good grain suggestions for her age?
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    Thanks! Should I keep with the hay as well or switch gradually just to grain?
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    Hay Belly in Calf - Help Please!

    We have a five month old holstein that we bottle raised. She was a sickly calf from the start and we almost lost her twice but she made it. Weaned her off her milk replacer when she was 3 months old and switched to calf starter pellet feed and hay 2x/day. We had issues with the other animals in...
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    Calf rubbing off dehorning paste. Help please!

    We just dehorned our calf using caustic paste a half hour ago. She has been rubbing the spots a lot with her back hooves and now the paste is barely on the button, but a good thin layer is still present immediately around the raised button. Should we reapply more paste to the button or is this...
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    Yes, hopefully! She's really showing personality and spunk :)
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    Well it's been a roller coaster week with this calf. We tried two doses of penicillin Monday and Tuesday because she spiked a fever and started coughing (I really thought we were going to lose her Tuesday into Wednesday). Then read online that penicillin does squat for pneumonia. Back to Tractor...
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    How long should we be pushing electrolytes? Someone here said 2qts 3x a day, but for how long? Should I still give her a quart of milk replacer in between the electros? Thanks so much for the help so far. It means so much.
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    Ok...we tubed her (how nerve-wracking! !!) With 2 quarts of electrolytes an hour ago. Then we pulled her out of the barn and into our yard, encouraging her to stay up and walk. About 45 minutes later and I just had to put her into our paddock because she was running (RUNNING!!! :D ) into the...
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    Should we grab an antibiotic?
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    Yeah we tried to get her to drink it from a bucket with no luck. I got her to take 1 1/2 pints from a bottle this morning. Stool is stinky, yellow and somewhat formed but she was laying down when she pooped. She almost fell over today trying to walk. We are at tractor supply now getting a tube.
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    Ok...so she had a firmer yellow stool this evening. It was her first stool in 12 hours. Her temp is 102.4 and her lungs are clear. Nose is ok. Got a quart of fluids in her over the course of the day including electrolytes and probiotic. She is drinking water out of her bucket but wont accept...
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    Husband said she did have a firmer green stool today (it was watery and yellow last night). Still weak. I get off work in an hour and will be giving her a thorough once over when I get home tonight (temp, etc)
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    New calf from auction - weak, diarrhea, not taking bottle

    We bought a holstein calf last night at auction on a whim. She's about a week old, maybe a little older. Umbilical cord still attached. She was ravenous last night after the auction and ride home, and suckling actively on a bottle but not getting anywhere with it (hard rubber pop on nipple). We...
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