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Got a call to take a 40 day old calf that is skinny, owner thinks not getting enough milk.appears healthy otherwise, seen it suck,had shots.Temps going to 5 here sleet/snow.i've had bottle calf before, but never in these temps.I have stall & heat lamp-Suggestions please! Yes, I know I'm crazy, but couldn't let this calf suffer.
UPDATE: On way to get calf, owner called & changed his mind.thinks calf has something wrong with it & doesn't want me to take it... So, headed back home, mixed feelings.
 

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reeler":24e132ep said:
Got a call to take a 40 day old calf that is skinny, owner thinks not getting enough milk.appears healthy otherwise, seen it suck,had shots.Temps going to 5 here sleet/snow.i've had bottle calf before, but never in these temps.I have stall & heat lamp-Suggestions please! Yes, I know I'm crazy, but couldn't let this calf suffer.

That's what I use heat lamps and a lot of hay for them to lay in but I never raised one by themself always had 2 together.
 
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skyhightree1":3571od3g said:
reeler":3571od3g said:
Got a call to take a 40 day old calf that is skinny, owner thinks not getting enough milk.appears healthy otherwise, seen it suck,had shots.Temps going to 5 here sleet/snow.i've had bottle calf before, but never in these temps.I have stall & heat lamp-Suggestions please! Yes, I know I'm crazy, but couldn't let this calf suffer.

That's what I use heat lamps and a lot of hay for them to lay in but I never raised one by themself always had 2 together.
Thanks for your response. I had to edit my post because owner changed his mind & doesn't want me to take it.Reassessed, & thinks something's wrong with calf. My bottle calf (8 plus years ago) is my pride & joy. Never know what's around the corner.
 

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skyhightree1":1cjbzt9t said:
reeler":1cjbzt9t said:
Got a call to take a 40 day old calf that is skinny, owner thinks not getting enough milk.appears healthy otherwise, seen it suck,had shots.Temps going to 5 here sleet/snow.i've had bottle calf before, but never in these temps.I have stall & heat lamp-Suggestions please! Yes, I know I'm crazy, but couldn't let this calf suffer.

That's what I use heat lamps and a lot of hay for them to lay in but I never raised one by themself always had 2 together.
Heat lamp and deep bedding
 

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we used to put our day old dairy calves in 4x8 hutches in any weather, front always open. never had a problem or sickness as they were all seperated
 
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dun":125fchz9 said:
skyhightree1":125fchz9 said:
reeler":125fchz9 said:
Got a call to take a 40 day old calf that is skinny, owner thinks not getting enough milk.appears healthy otherwise, seen it suck,had shots.Temps going to 5 here sleet/snow.i've had bottle calf before, but never in these temps.I have stall & heat lamp-Suggestions please! Yes, I know I'm crazy, but couldn't let this calf suffer.

That's what I use heat lamps and a lot of hay for them to lay in but I never raised one by themself always had 2 together.
Heat lamp and deep bedding
Thank you.The owner changed his mind & didn't give me the calf-thinks something more serious is wrong. The arctic weather's gonna be hard on all the cows/ calves, so I put deep bedding in loading barn.
 
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jerry27150":1xu2qgzx said:
we used to put our day old dairy calves in 4x8 hutches in any weather, front always open. never had a problem or sickness as they were all seperated
Thanks. I didn't end up getting the calf after all, but appreciate your response. Sounds like you've had a lot of experience with calves, & an excellent track record.
 

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jerry27150":3oq8q8nd said:
we used to put our day old dairy calves in 4x8 hutches in any weather, front always open. never had a problem or sickness as they were all seperated
+1
Even on the coldest Minnesota nights, dry bedding and their own body heat in a open faced hutch and they turn out great.
 

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''They can handle cold, wind, and rain fine, just not all in the same day.''
Clean deep bedding and good ventilation without creating a breeze seems to be the key from what I have found.
 

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